2007 toyoto Rav4- poor ride after tires changed

Asked by Jun 27, 2015 at 07:09 PM about the 2007 Toyota RAV4 Base AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Took my car to Firestone to swap my winter tires for summer tires. They insisted my
summer tires were too worn (I should have challenged) and would not put them on. So I
ended up buying new tires. It felt rougher when driving... I could really feel it after going 30
mph or more. I assumed they didn't balance properly so I took back. They balanced and it
feels better, but it stills feels as though the wheels aren't balanced. What else could it be?

3 Answers


Are they inflated to the proper pressure? Most tire shops have some sort of time allowance you can swap to different tires. Maybe you just got used to driving on winter tires too long. Did you get an alignment when then install the new tires? Check for worn suspension components too.

Yes on pressure and yes on alignment. On the suspension question- shouldn't I have experienced when the winter tires were on?


First the new tread WILL feel "funny" until it settles in, think "break-in period" . Also you will feel the difference between old and new tires due to different type of construction- softer side walls, harder side walls etc. About the time you get used to the feel tires should have settled in. OR unusual but a possibility, is tire age -even though new the tire may be older ( manufactured date) than you might think. Here is a quick article how to check to reassure your self ...http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=11

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