At slower speeds my car rocks like a boat at.

Tiny
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  • 2011 FIAT PUNTO
  • 32,000 MILES
At slower speeds my car rocks like a boat at front. At higher speeds it feels like you are sitting on a spring that is continuously bouncing. At slower speeds I can feel as card is limping from right-front and at higher speeds I can notice sounds like dhuk - dhuk - dhuk. Sound come in cycling motion. I have had my Car thoroughly checked by Two Fiat service centers but they could not find the fault. Best they could do is find fault with alignment which they adjust. Also, my front right tyre is wearing out only from inner side and left-rear tyre is wearing out from outside only. All proffesional mechanics have spent hours and checked suspension system in front of me. Shockers are not bad.
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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 AT 2:46 PM

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Tiny
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This sounds typical of a broken belt in a tire. That is common enough that any competent mechanic should be able to find it. Have it inspected at a tire and alignment shop. Also, both front tires are leaning to the left causing the accelerated wear on those edges. That's called "camber" on the alignment computers. Tires want to pull in the direction they're leaning so the car should be pulling hard to the left when you let go of the steering wheel. If it does not, they may have set them that way during the alignment to offset a pull to the right caused by the defective tire.

If the bulge in the tread of one tire is not obvious, switch the two right-side tires front-to-back to see if the symptoms change. If they don't, switch the two left-side tires.
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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 AT 7:37 PM
Tiny
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While you gave a new input about tyre belt that is making sense. Even service center guys said my tyre is faulty. So they replaced that particular tyre (right-front) with my spare which was as good as new. Now problem is that even with brand new tyre car still feels like it is limping on right-front side and dhuk-dhuk cyclic sound did not go away. Could it be possible that any othe other tyre is faulty and I am focusing on everthing on right front side where it is limping or could wheel hub or any other component cause limping. As I said earlier they have checked shockers and suspense. Even changed shocker mounts free for me. I would really-really appreciate your help. This has becoming too frustrating for me.
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Friday, March 15th, 2013 AT 2:11 AM
Tiny
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The location of a bad tire can be misleading. When it's as bad as you described it is usually pretty easy to see when you spin it by hand. Be careful though when you grab it because sometimes the ends of the steel wires stick out and they really hurt when they poke you.

Spin each tire and watch the tread for a bulge, a tumor, or a wave from side to side. Those bulges don't have to be very big or obvious. Next, look at the tread depth in every groove all the way around, then look at those grooves as you spin the tire. Very often the belt will break, a small tumor or raised area will form, but it will wear off from driving. The part of the tread that contacts the road will be true and flat but there may be a spot on one of the inner grooves that has a noticeable hump in one spot. While that will make the tread surface appear okay the sidewalls will flex differently in that spot and let that corner of the car drop down a little with each revolution.

You'll see numerous little raised spots in those grooves. Don't confuse those as a broken belt. Those will form the wear bars that show up when the tread is worn out. Those are about 1/4" wide. If the belt is broken the raised area will be a couple of inches long.
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Friday, March 22nd, 2013 AT 12:58 PM
Tiny
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I got this checked at a tyre shop. They mounted the tyre on their wheel balancing machine to check tyre rotation. It was discovered that two front tyres as well as my spare tyre has a wave pattern that could possibly would be causing car to rock like boat and causing that cyclic sound. When tyres were rotated we could see tyres wavy pattern going up and down. I have decided to go for tyre change. But it sounds like I have to get the whole set replaced before I can see improvement. I hope there is nothing wrong with shocker, suspension, or joints that would have caused this wavy pattern on 3 tyres to develop. Your assessment is definitely helpful. Thanks a lot.
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Friday, March 22nd, 2013 AT 2:10 PM
Tiny
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Can you give some tips on how to take care of tyres. This is my first car and I think I have lost the tyres too soon at 32000 KM. Usually, people claim they can last from 50K-60K KM on their tyres before they need replacement.
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Friday, March 22nd, 2013 AT 2:15 PM
Tiny
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I'm not familiar with your car model. There are a few out there, mostly Ford products that have very poorly designed suspension systems and tires wear out three times faster than normal.

The first thing is to keep an eye on the alignment. There's three things to look for. When you let go of the steering wheel on the highway the car should go reasonably straight. If it pulls to one side, "camber" is off on one or both front wheels. That means a wheel is leaning in or out on top too much. It will cause accelerated wear on the edge of the tire. If one wheel is out-of-adjustment that won't affect the other one. A tire can cause a pull too and not really be defective. Often you can rotate it to the back and not have any more problems.

"Toe" is the direction the wheels are steering when the steering wheel is straight. If the front of the tires are too close together or too far apart it will create a "featheredge" pattern on both tires. Both wheels could be out-of-adjustment or just one could be. Usually that will also cause the steering wheel to be off-center when you're driving straight ahead.

Those three things to watch are steering wheel position, pulling to one side, and tire wear. Check the air pressure regularly. There will likely be a sticker by the driver's door that lists the recommended pressures. That is the minimum safe pressure that will provide a comfortable ride. I always made my customers' pressures higher for better tire wear.

Rapid starts and hard stops will cause more tire wear than normal highway driving.
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Friday, March 22nd, 2013 AT 2:38 PM

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