Irregular And/Or Premature Wear Description; Wear Indicators Description; Radial Tire Waddle Description - Suzuki SX4 Service Manual

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2D-3 Wheels and Tires:

Irregular and/or Premature Wear Description

Irregular and premature wear has many causes. Some
of them are as follows: incorrect inflation pressures, lack
of tire rotation, driving habits, improper alignment.
If the following conditions are noted, tire rotation is
• Front tire wear is different from rear's.
• Uneven wear exists across tread of any tires.
• Both sides of front tire wears are not even.
• Both sides of rear tire wears are not even.
• There is cupping, flat spotting, etc.
A wheel alignment check is necessary if following
conditions are noted:
• Both sides of front tire wears are not even.
• Wear is uneven across the tread of any front tire.
• Front tire treads have scuffed appearance with
"feather" edges on one side of tread ribs or blocks.
[A]: Hard Cornering, under inflation or lack of tire rotation
[B]: Incorrect wheel alignment, tire construction not uniform or wheel
heavy acceleration

Wear Indicators Description

Original equipment tires have built-in tread wear
indicators (1) to show when they need replacement.
These indicators (1) will appear as 12 mm (0.47 in.) wide
bands when the tire tread depth becomes 1.6 mm (0.063
When the indicators (1) appear in 3 or more grooves at 6
locations, tire replacement is recommended.

Radial Tire Waddle Description

Waddle is side to side movement at the front and/or rear
of the vehicle. It is caused by the steel belt not being
straight within the tire. It is most noticeable at a low
speed, 8 to 48 kph (5 to 30 mph).
It is possible to locate the faulty tire by road testing the
vehicle. If it is on the rear, the rear end of the vehicle
shakes from side to side or "waddles". To the driver in
the seat, it feels as though someone is pushing on the
side of vehicle.
If the faulty tire is on the front, waddling is more visual.
The front sheet metal appears to be moving back and
forth and the driver feels as though he is at the pivot
point in vehicle.
Waddle can be quickly diagnosed by using Tire Problem
Detector (TPD) and following the equipment
manufacture's recommendations.
If TPD is not available, an alternative method of
substituting known-good tire / wheel assemblies can be
used as follows, although it takes a longer time.
1) Ride vehicle to determine whether the front or rear
2) Install tires and wheels that are known to be good
(on similar vehicle) in place of those on waddling end
of vehicle. If waddling end cannot be identified,
substitute rear ones.
3) Road test again. If improvement is noted, reinstall
originals one at a time till waddle causal tire is found.
If no improvement is noted, install known-good tires
in place of all four. Then reinstall originals in the
same manner.


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