I run 50 PSI in the tires on my '88 Escort (rated at 35 PSI). The handling is better, but the ride is much stiffer. I've been doing this for a few years on different tires and haven't had any problems with center tire wear. Most people think it will wear the center of the tire quicker, which was true pre '70's when bias ply tires were all you could buy, but radial tires run flatter on the road when overinflated than bias ply tires did. I think this is where most people get the misconception the center will wear quicker if overinflated.
Beef if you are a Sam's club member you can buy a much better grade tire for the same money or less than you paid for the 40K mile tires. I bought a set of 70K mile B.F. Goodrich 185/65/14 tires for my '97 Escort for about $340. including mounting, valve stems, balancing, disposal fees, and tax. If you're not a Sam's club member, I think the membership is $40. per year. If you didn't want a membership every year you could just become a member on years when you need new tires. I also bought a couple batteries at Sam's for my Escorts. They have a 3 year free replacement and 8 year pro rated warranty. The cost was about $65. each. Everywhere else a comparable battery was $77.+.
I am a sams club member but my tires are actually 15" my cavalier is a rally sport. I guess that makes it special or something. it has the same engine but all the power stuff and the larger tires. I thnk they are 195/60/15 that sounds right.
I get most of my savings from diapers and wipes. I do buy other stuff but they are the big ones.
I didn't check on them before I bought tires as I needed a wheel stud. was feeling lazy and let the shop take care of it. I went to walmart years ago and they said they wouldn't touch it if it had a busted stud.
I honestly feel that this may be the last set of tires I buy for this vehicle. if I get 5 more years out of these, it probably will be.
they are actually 195/65/15s
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