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My wife, who infrequently drives our 2007 EX-V6, took it into a shop near her workplace to have an oil change today. When she came back to collect the car, she was told that the car was in bad need of an alignment, and that one of the tires was worn so bad it was down to the metal--she told my wife "you need a full new set of tires, this car is unsafe to drive as-is."

The car is at about 40K. We bought it used from a car dealership, and the car had only one previous owner--an 80-year-old lady. The original tires are still on it. Even with a bad alignment, is it really normal for the tires to be THAT worn?? Would we have any kind of recourse with warranty on the tires at this point? That seems crazy to have the tires wear out so dramatically at such an early stage!
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I had to replace the stock Kumhos on my Rondo at 23k miles. I replaced with Cooper CS4 Touring tires, and the car handles and performs better - especially in snow. I am honestly surprised you managed to go that far on the tires if they are the Kumhos.
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I had to replace the stock Kumhos on my Rondo at 23k miles. I replaced with Cooper CS4 Touring tires, and the car handles and performs better - especially in snow. I am honestly surprised you managed to go that far on the tires if they are the Kumhos.
I believe ours are Michelins, not Kumhos.
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I had to replace the stock Kumhos on my Rondo at 23k miles. I replaced with Cooper CS4 Touring tires, and the car handles and performs better - especially in snow. I am honestly surprised you managed to go that far on the tires if they are the Kumhos.
Same here, only 24k on the original set.
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Alignment issues can effect treadware. Just curious...how many miles are you expecting out of a set of tires? Are they rotated regularly? This will effect tirelife as well. Also driving conditions, road surfaces, driving style etc. Kps
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A bad alignment can have a profound effect on tire life. If you drive even somewhat aggressively, the effect multiplies. My 99 Explorer went in for a brake job, and until it was up on a lift, I had no idea that the inner-most tread blocks of my left front tire were worn down to the belts. 2 new tires on the front, and an alignment cured it.

It sounds like you got 30K of useful miles out of the tires, and perhaps the last 10K were spent driving on tires that were below safe specs. Really not bad mileage. My 2005 SportTrac only got 30K each out of both sets of tires it's had on it. My Mazdaspeed 6 got FAR less than that out of a set. You're actually doing well.
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I would usually replace my tires after 15K to 20K miles. If the alignment was bad as well... I'm surprised you got 40K out of them.
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If only one of the tires was worn down completely, it sounds to me that the tires were not inspected and rotated regularly.

You didn't say how long you've had the car. It must have passed safety inspection when you bought it.

Many owners don't get much more than 40K. I do. Expect twice as much from mediocre OEM tires. Over 60K already. But I rotate, maintain correct pressures and inspect them often. I'm a motorcyclist, so taking care of tires is in my blood.

Doesn't every used vehicle have an old lady who only drove to church on Sunday as the original owner? Isn't that in a sales person's training manual somewhere?
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I tell this to all my customers now... with the way tire manufactures used to sell thier tires we are all used to there being milelage and a warranty for it.

Now its a gimic because we it is what we are used to. But I dont care what kinda tires you have coopers to michiline... 30-40k is now standard.

There are some that still honor a mileage warranty but they are few and far between... Tire stores still use the saying its a 60k, and they are not completely lieing to you cause that usually what the defect warranty is. (The steel belts and bubbles)

Tricks to keep the tires in good shape and getting longer than 40k.

1) Rotations every 5k
2) Nitrogen in the tires.... its not just a gimic
3) Alignments at least once a year... more often if like me you live in a area rich in pot holes. (Firestone has or used to have an Alignment for life program... pay a lot of it once... Never pay again as long as you own that car... it was a great deal!

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I just had an alignment for the first time at my last service. Nearly 70,000 km and still on the original OEM tires (Komhos), but they have been rotated as recommended (every 12,000 km), that's why they showed me that it did need an alignment this time, still not down to the replacement indicator, so still good for some time yet.

If the tire wore that bad, surprised you didn't spot it as it just doesn't go like that overnight.
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