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Hi all. I have a issue that I'm hoping the wealth of experience / knowledge out there can help me with.

During my usual pre-trip inspection I've noticed a possible defect in the tread of one tire. We have GeoStar 255 / 70 R 22.5 H four-groove tires on the front of our Class A. Between grooves three and four some of the one inch chevron shaped tread blocks are distorted - some slightly depressed and some slightly raised (I'm thinking possibly caused by impact on a damaged section of freeway). The tread blocks between grooves one / and two / three are undamaged as far as I can see.

My inclination is to replace the tire but at $300 or so, a part of me is thinking if I'm being over cautious.

Any thoughts / recommendations would be appreciated.

Many thanks.

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In order to see firsthand, a photo would certainly help, but it doesn't "sound" like replacement is warranted if you're talking about individual tread blocks within the pattern. If you are talking about an "area" of distortion then that could be a whole different ball game.

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Take it to a reputable tire shop and let them evaluate it. They might want to break it down to look inside. This would be cheaper than a new tire. If you ignore it and it blows out you will be out more than just a $300.00 tire. Play on the safety side when it comes to tires.

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Take it to a reputable tire shop and let them evaluate it. They might want to break it down to look inside. This would be cheaper than a new tire. If you ignore it and it blows out you will be out more than just a $300.00 tire. Play on the safety side when it comes to tires.

My reaction exactly! How much are you willing to risk?

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Take it to a reputable tire shop and let them evaluate it. They might want to break it down to look inside. This would be cheaper than a new tire. If you ignore it and it blows out you will be out more than just a $300.00 tire. Play on the safety side when it comes to tires.

I agree. Sounds like alignment or steering components is the cause.

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​Yeah, I agree with having the tire checked out. We're just throwing out WAGs without photos, and even if there were photos it might be difficult to determine the problem. My first thought was a partial tread separation based on your description, yet three other posters came up with other possibilities.

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Thanks everyone for your input thus far and apologies for not replying sooner but just managed to get a half decent photo which hopefully shows the issue. This 'anomaly' is repeated three / four times around the tire but only on one line of the tread - the other two tread lines and the inner & outer rims are blemish free post-16239-0-08642000-1462488376_thumb.jpeg.

The tire pressures are fine and, on the most recent trip (after which I discovered this issue), the tire temperature matched the opposite front tire (if that would give any indication of a problem or not).

 

Anyway, I've booked into a local tire shop tomorrow so hopefully they will be able to identify the likely cause and, if appropriate, fit a replacement.

 

Cheers

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UPDATE

Issue, or rather, non-issue resolved. The tire shop's assessment is that it's only mild cupping and within what would be expected on a four-year old tire. Sorry if I've wasted anyone's time but thank you all for your guidance.

Cheers

Tim

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Did they rotate the tires for you? I have a VW Jetta that has a bit of positive camber, and the insides of the tires wear faster than the outside. I didn't know this until I wore out my last set of tires, and I've decided to get them dismounted and rotate the tires so the more worn side is on the outside, halfway through their life. I'm wondering if it is worth doing this on a trailer, so as to extend the life of the tire?

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UPDATE

Issue, or rather, non-issue resolved.

 

Sorry if I've wasted anyone's time but thank you all for your guidance.

 

Great to hear, and not a bit of a waste of anyone's time. Hearing about what may constitute a non-issue for someone in the same boat is just as important as a "hard" fix, IMO.

 

Appreciate the follow-up!

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