Mechanics

TIRE WEAR

2007 Kia Spectra

2007 Kia Spectra

I just took my car to a tire shop (that I go to regularly) and they told me that there is unusual wear on the tires and that I need two new tires. One of the tires was replaced due to a nail that punctured the tire wall - less than a year ago. I really dont believe that the tires need to be replaced - just rotated. Where can I take a class on car repair? I would just like to have general knowledge of certain small issues. I dont need to know how to replace a transmission. I would just like to have good common car repair knowledge. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Melissa
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Melmhoff
May 4, 2009.



Melissa: That is a good idea for anyone who drives. As far as general courses, check if there are career and technology centers near you. Where I live, students are trained during the day (during school hours) and at night, adults take general courses.

As far as the tires on the car, are they bald? What did they say caused the problem and what is the problem that requires them to need replacemet? If they are cupped or chopped die to shocks or alignment but still have good tread, (I would say no less than 4/32" ) then rotate them. If chopped or worn unevenly, they may make a noise or vibration if they are bad enough, but it should go away over time.

Just FYI: Always keep the best tires on the front. The steering tires need the most traction for obvesious reasons. I don't know you state's laws, but in PA, 2/32" will pass inspection. However, that is such a small amount of rubber, I wouldn't drive on it.

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Joe