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I have a 2004.5 Kia Spectra ex. It just turned over 30,000 miles. It still has the original Goodyear eagle LS tires on it. The rear tires are in great condition, but the front ones are looking really worn. Are these tires no good, and are there any known issues with the front end of this year Spectra? Could I need a front end alignment? I did get aftermarket rims, and before I got them, the front end didn't wiggle too much. I kep the rims 15 inch size, with the stock tires. I took them back to pep boys for a rebalance. Still some wiggle. Didn't have it with the factory rims though????? I was thinking maybe the tire guy at pep boys didn't balance the rims right. (The weights that balance rims come on them from factory) What do I do? I have never had to have a front end alignment on any of my cars ever. What do I need to look out for on my spectra. Any ideas or advice otherwise would be greatly appreciated. thanks

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Worn front tires - 30,000 miles with no tire rotation, sounds about right for factory tires.

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Time for new tires.
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Yeah, if you've never rotated the tires, the fronts will be worn out by now. You should rotate your tires (put the fronts on the backs and the backs on the fronts) every six thousand miles. This helps the tires wear evenly. The fact that the rear tires are still okay and the fronts are shot indicates you probably haven't been rotating.

My wife did the same thing on our old Escort.... didn't rotate the tires, and all four were shot at 25,000 miles (these weren't cheapie OEM tires either!) I was pretty upset at her when she said she never rotated them. She's been very good about making sure they get rotated since then, and got over 60,000 miles on her next set of tires on the Escort, and on her 2003 Taurus she got 72,000 miles on the OEM tires!

When you get new tires, get them from a place that gives you lifetime rotating and balancing with the deal (pay once up front), and then they will take care of the tires for free from there out. This is pretty common and all the major tire outlets have a deal like this. Then make sure you rotate, and you'll be amazed at how long your tires last!


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