AdBlock Warning

Parts of this website do not function properly with AdBlock enabled on your device. To get the best user experience on our website, please disable Adblock for this website (domain) on your browser.

too big wheels

Budding Enthusiast
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About too big wheels

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Ford Model S-Max
  1. Complete Battery Drain

    If you have Bluetooth get it checked in case it's draining your battery by not turning off. First step is disconnect to see if fixes battery drain problems. May need dealer help to to this, I would not know where to start.....
  2. Starting In The Cold!

    Hi, got 1.8TDCi S-max with similar drained battery problem, garage believes it's the bluetooth not turning off. Symptoms were trip computer re-setting when starting car in winter and taking a relatively long time from turning on ignition to engine actually starting. Happened last winter & this - batteyy, alternator checked etc - no faults after Ford diagnosis. Garage disconnected bluetooth unit 2 days ago and problem looks to have maybe gone away - or at least reduced. Though 8 mile school drop-off in freezing temps with heated windows & heated seats on last week may have also helped drain battery. No problem in summer as not many heated extras turned on. Back to garage on Tues next week to get warranty fix. Hope this may help
  3. 18 Inch Wheels & Tramlining

    Well I went for a set of the 235/45/R18 Michelin Primacy HP tyres in the end - relatively expensive but the tramlining is gone. I drove 2500 miles on holiday to Tuscany with pretty much no pulling to one side along the way, despite the sometimes very poor road surfaces in Italy. I did more research on this subject and tramlining is made worse with having bands of solid rubber treads around the tyre circumference - just like the old tyres that gave me problems. I hope this information can help another person who may have the same problem.
  4. 18 Inch Wheels & Tramlining

    Hi, has anybody else got a problem with 18" alloys on an S-max and having the car steer itself - where you do not want to go - on poorer quality roads (joints, cambers.....)? I understand that this is called tramlining..... caused by wider low profile tyres & exacerbated when tyres are "extra load" with stiff sidewalls. Car = 2007 1.8TDCi 125hp, bought second hand just before winter. As soon as the snow came I had no grip, so changed the wheels ASAP to winter tyres (215/60/R16) on steel wheels for last 5 months & no tramlining problems - now worried to put alloys back on. Tyres on alloys are 235/45/R18 continental sportcontact 2 which are worn with limited tread (2-3mm) and basically have solid bands of rubber running along the circumference and almost no tread pattern left - that is not helping also. I need new tyres anyway, need to decide if I buy some new ones for the 18 alloys or fork out a lot of cash for new 17" or 16" wheels + tyres? Michelin Primacy HP sound to be a good choice for tyre. Any experience out there? Who else has experience with tramlining in an S-max on 18's? Any advice on which tyre make may reduce this? If you don't see it, what tyres do you use? Hope somebody can advise.....