Strange cuts in V70's tires

Discussion in 'Volvo V70' started by Potje, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. Potje

    Potje Guest


    My tires had some strange cuts in them during my last check-up. They
    appeared in the cheek of the tires and were diagonal towards the surface of
    the tires. They didn't run flat as the canvas was still in good shape

    Is this a common defect typical for the S/V70 due to its extreme turning

    It was a shame as the tires were still in perfect shape (apart from the

    Marc Potma
    Potje, Sep 22, 2004
  2. Potje

    Rob Guenther Guest

    May I ask what a "cheek" of a tire is? (I'm guessing outer edge of the
    tread) And why would a tire have "canvas", do you mean the condition on the

    What extreme turning "cycle" (circle??) does a V70 have - the one I've been
    in (new shape) didn't have a particularly tight one... 900 series and 700
    series (200 series too) can turn tighter then smaller economy style cars (VW
    Golf, Toyota Tercel/Corrola) according to - and i've swung my
    960 around in some tight spots to prove it, with no tire damage.

    On my front wheel drive cars the front tires are more chewed up then the
    rear tires... I assume its from hard cornering and acceleration, I don't
    think my tires are bad tho... How deep are these cuts.
    Rob Guenther, Sep 22, 2004
  3. Potje

    Potje Guest

    May I ask what a "cheek" of a tire is? (I'm guessing outer edge of the
    Sorry dude, I am not a native and as these descriptions are rather specific
    I had to litterally translate them from Dutch.....
    But it seems common sense saved my day

    Canvas is the inner fabric to which the rubber is attached......
    Circle.... indeed

    Same with the S/V70 (classic, that is) but that is rather rare as the S/V70
    is front driven and the 700 and 900 series rear driven. I have been told
    that in order to reach that extreme turning circle, Volvo had to bank (?!?!)
    the front wheels when they are in the furthest position.

    Hence my question......
    The cuts were not straight in the outer edge yet along the straight line (if
    you can still follow me). The cuts must have been 2 to 3 cm deep.......
    It almost seemed as if something skinned the outer edges of my tires.....

    I was just wondering if this is common on the V70 classic (guess not).
    Perhaps I was cornering to fast in a tight corner......
    or have I 'taken the curb' too often...... yet, the cuts appeared evenly
    distributed along the 'cheeks' of my tires and I would expect taking a curb
    inflicts sporadic damage.......

    Any thoughts?
    Potje, Sep 22, 2004
  4. Right. THe turning circle of a V70 is more like a Ford Crown Victoria
    but not as bad as a Neon. No fwd car has a tight turning radius like we
    were used to in the old rwd Volvos. Here is the comparison:

    Volvo V70 39'
    Audi A6 38.3'
    Saab 9-5 37.1'
    Dodge Neon SRT-4 41'
    Subaru Impreza 35.4
    Mits. Lancer 37.4
    VW Jetta 34.4
    New VW Bug 35.8

    Lexus IS300 34.1'
    Volvo 240 32.2
    Volvo 940 32.2
    Ford Crown Vic. 40.3
    Stephen M. Henning, Sep 22, 2004
  5. Potje

    Rob Guenther Guest

    It's funny, our 93 960 could out turn our 91 Golf .... and the Golf didn't
    have power steering either... which made it seem like it could turn tighter
    then my buddies power steering 91 Jetta. I could park the Volvo frontwize
    and in backwards better then the Golf - go figure... love the Volvo.
    Rob Guenther, Sep 23, 2004
  6. Potje

    Rob Guenther Guest

    I'm at a loss... Ask the tire specialist for his opionion (maybe it's you
    alignment - but you're in Europe so isn't that tested at least once a year
    to meet laws or something)

    Might be time to gather some money and buy at least new front tires... maybe
    a different brand this time.
    Rob Guenther, Sep 23, 2004
  7. Potje

    Potje Guest

    Might be time to gather some money and buy at least new front tires...
    Make that four......
    Changed rimms from front to rear last year!
    Potje, Sep 23, 2004
  8. Potje

    Rob Guenther Guest

    Damn... hope you got at least a couple years out of them.
    Rob Guenther, Sep 23, 2004
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