My home dealer did not resolve the problem. One month later, now down in Mesa Az with 3500 miles on my brand new Transit, and there is serious front tire scalping, continued pulling to the left, and steering wheel vibration.Picked up my new T150 today at 1:30. Back to the dealer at 1:45.
Bad shimmy at 60, and pulling left. Tech test drive confirmed.
Sitting at the dealer as I speak waiting for balance an alignment.
Beautiful van though.
The scalping is on the outside edge of both front tires. The rubber texture at the flat spots is porous-looking compared to the normal tire surfaces that are smoother looking.On your tire scalping, I am having a hard time seeing it. Is it scalping along the edge due to a few spots where it's not smooth tread? I've been driving my transit 350 to see if it's pulling left and I don't think it is but haven't had it out enough to tell.
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I have to admit there were times when the Transit seemed to steer true, but it would eventually start pulling left and then need constant counter steer to keep it straight. No sense testing it if there are any cross winds.Wow, sounds like it. Thanks for the insight. Mine has 1600 miles on it so far and it may pull left on some streets and then straight as an arrow on others. I'll keep an eye out for it. I already have to make an appointment for the paint chipping issue so they may as well look at ensuring the alignment is right too.
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Oh, indeed. This really sucks for you...since my time on the forum I've considered you a nice guy. But yes, it is happening.I plan to approach Ford Customer service to make my case for new tires.
They did that already. it made no difference.I would imagine this goes without saying, but have them move the worn tires to the rear before the next test drive.
Appreciate the positive attitude and sharing the info with us!!!!By the removal and re-positioning of the sub-frame on my wandering-left T150, the techs brought the hitherto wonky front alignment back within Ford specs. The alignment printout for my brand new Transit now shows all green. Disappointingly, the silly van still drifts to the left like a young Democrat, and gives off unwanted steering wheel vibes.
So, back in to Horne Ford at 0745 this morning. The Service Manager, having corrected the alignment, has instructed his crew to Load-Force Balance all the tires. They explained what that was, but, having never heard of it before, I had to Google it.
Apparently this specialized tire balancing process and equipment puts the wheel and tire under hundreds of pounds of load while sensors detect unsprung weight anomalies that cannot be detected by normal balancing equipment. You may want to google it too in case I missed something important.
Turns out there were two very bad tires, and the other two were just a little bad. They have ordered two new tires (Ford insists on replacing bad Hankooks with new, hopefully not bad, Hankooks). The other two tires were rotated on the rims as per the Load Force equipment, and are "within Ford Specs".
Robert Horne Ford offered me a rental car whilst the new tires get delivered and installed, hopefully NLT tomorrow. That was nice, a white Focus for my spouse to play with (she has yet to sit in the Transit cockpit).
I am taking this all in stride - life being too short to get bent over things beyond my control. And the lads at Horne seem like a good bunch with the best of intentions. Can't fault them.
May the Load Force be with me.