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#1 mpb

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 10:22 PM

Hi all im new to the forums, Happy new year to you all.

 

I've got a 12 plate Ford S-max 2.0 TDCI 163 and I've just had the first service since owning it. Ford have told me I need all 4 new tyres, back ones are worn out which is fine but the front ones are worn down on the inside but still have 4mm in the middle. It may be a stupid question as I don't know a lot about cars but is it necessary to change the front ones when they have so much tread left or could I just get them aligned?

 

And also my car comes with run flat 225 50 17 98w with the tyre pressure warning system. But the tyres seem pretty expensive, so I was wondering if anyone knows if I can put standard tyres on? 

 

Thanks for any help.

 

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 01:57 PM

Hi Mo,

 

It would be strongly recommended. The fact that the tyres are feathered on one side indicates that the tracking and alignment are out.

 

The legal requirement is 1.6mm minimum across 3/4 of the central width of the tyres (cant remember the exact wording). You need the alignment done anyway, but as its worn down it would be ill advised to leave them on there.



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:04 PM

Thanks for the advice, I had a feeling it would end up being all 4. 

No I just need to decide if i go with runflats at about 150 a tyre or something cheaper.. :(



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:29 PM

If you use the cashback websites and shop around, you can get some good deals and a further discount via cashback in a few weeks time

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:40 PM

runflats arent really worth it. Your better off going with Avons or a more hard wearing compound. For the odd flat tyre you may get, your better off with a bottle of gunk shoved in there, tyre inflated and then have it patched up for about £30. It will save you a lot more money in the long run!



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:43 PM

Thanks guys, yeah i think your right. I talked to my dealer and they said if you put normal tyres on it will just come up with a message and then ur pressure sesor will just turn off. So next question, were is the best place for tyres? ive looked around a bit and found my tyres quite good



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 08:08 PM

ive just had 2 new 1s fitted to my fronts,also had the tracking done as they were out by 3mm.

i went to settyres in brighton and paid 200 quid all in for accellera tyres.iirc there rated at c for wet braking and e for fuel efficiency.hey its a mpv not a sports car.used to use budgets on my old galaxy and used to get good mileage out of them compared to the recommended dunlops.

on the smax forum there is quite a long thread on the subject about the differing tyres etc.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:49 AM

Thanks for the info I'll check it out. I found these which seem pretty good. 

Ecsta Le Sport KU39  

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:03 AM

Then again just found these. http://typepage.co.u...product_id=3207

 

Its an mpv not a racecar surely these are almost as good and so much cheaper



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:03 AM

They look good, but there have been a lot of compliments to the Avon ZV5, although the MPG is classed as C and not A, a lot of forum members here say that they get a lot for their money!



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:27 AM

Thanks are they the same tyres as the jinyu yu63? as these seem to get better ratings

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:05 PM

i also need new front tyres. Have been scouting around on the net for best value.

 

Then I started to think about the TPMS and found many problems reading online.

Apparently the valve very often breaks when tyres are changed. This obviously leads to issues when my car is stuck in some cheap back street tyre garage.

 

Anyway as a result I thought it was safest to book in at dealers( where to be honest, prices are pretty similar to elsewhere)

I went for Nexen tyres, seem to get half decent reviews and cost 112 fitted.

As people have said, we are not racing so half decent will do in my opinion.

 

Just hope the valves don't break as replacement prices are scandalous!

 

Incidently, does anyone know if you can just fit normal rubber valves and bypass the pressure system?

Im guessing the ECU would have a problem with this...

 



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:26 PM

I spoke to my dealer yesterday, and they said if you put normal tyres on the car will come up with a message saying have you got winter tyres on and if u click yes it will disable the system. I got quoted 150 a tyre for some hankooks. Which i was tempted with but then thought if i can save 50 / 60 a tyre will i really notice a difference.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 03:24 PM

I decided to go for the mid range instead as I wasent sure I wanted to drive my kids about on the cheap tyres. I've gone with Kumho Ecsta Le Sport KU39 225/50 R17 Y (98), Reinforced which I got for 115 fitted a tyre. Leaving a hole in my pocket but its not too bad.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 05:12 PM

Its the best bet. Although I personally would have said you get as much from the Avon's, but you have tyres there with a slightly higher efficiency rating :)



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