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2011 replacement tires worn at 30k, steering vibrates above 75
I need some advice, please. We have 107k miles on our 2011 Sorento EX FWD and we have an issue with our latest set of tires. We have two front tires that have worn in the middle and inside edge prematurely at 30k miles out of 60k miles warranty). I spoke to our Discount Tire store and they won't replace them under warranty telling me the camber is not set right either in the front or rear of the vehicle. When I spoke to the shop that we've gone to for our alignment, he told me Kia Corp lists no specs for camber setting but he could possibly buy a kit if we wanted to have it set. We have only needed minor alignment adjustments. The Kia Dealership has never told us anything looks wrong with the car when we service it.
Also, the steering has started vibrating above 75 and I assume it's the tires (did a bad balance cause these issues?). I also assume these tires have been overinflated which I have never added air - I go to Discount for air and rotation and they have told me they won't rotate the tires because the better tires are already in the rear. Shouldn't the tires be rotated anyway so they wear evenly, and shouldn't the best tires be on the front as a tire blown out on the front could be more serious than a blown tire in the back? I understand they may place the better tires on the back due to skidding, but we live in a very warm client with little rain or snow, so the chance of rear-end skidding shouldn't be much of an issue.
As you can see below, we have been replacing our tires on an average yearly cadence.
3/23/2012 Discount Tire 2 tires yk580's sorento $459.96
4/4/2013 Discount Tire 2 tires yk580's sorento $470.91
3/24/2014 Discount Tire 2 tires yk580's sorento $321.06 (these are the bad tires)
6/27/2015 Discount Tire 2 tires prorated 3 and 2 depth yk580's $334.30
9/5/2015 - 2 worn tires at 30k miles (see attached photos)
Discount Tire offered a discount price of about $325-$350 for two new tires, but not sure there isn't a manufacturer defect or the tires weren't balanced right (steering vibration), or the tires weren't rotated to ease the wear on the front tires.
Please don't get me wrong, we like our Discount Tire store, just not sure if we should be getting a warranty replacement on these tires.
Thanks in advance for reading and checking out the photos and for any advice you can offer. Truly appreciated.
Last edited by sorento11; 09-07-2015 at 10:01 PM.