The waffle pattern is called "undulation" More noticable in Goodyear and Uniroyal tires. Tire people call it a building splice. Michelin has a different building process- so it is not that noticable on their tires.
The person that answered your question first is refering to a dimple on the sidewall of many tires, and he is correct about the cause, and there is nothing wron with the tire. But if your refering to "dimples or waffeling" in the tread area its not normal and probabally caused by bad or worn suspension parts (SHOCKS MAYBE) or depending on the tire on some very light vehicles it can be caused by not rotating the tires and the problem will appear in the rear. either way once it gets worn in its hard to get rid of and will often cause lots of tire noise. Sometimes cross rotating the tires will help/ but if the tires are to far gone all you are going to do is prematurly wear out the suspension parts of the vehical.
this may also be a shifted belt in your tire this just happens sometimes if you have a shifted belt you should replace tire it will prematurely wear and eventually result in a blow out. a shifted belt will give the tire a buldge.
My van has bad tires at front and better ones at rear, should wheel alignment be performed with bad tires?
The alignment adjusting settings. If you are not sure, get an alignment , cheap and your tires will wear better
If the front tires on a Mitsubish Pajero have worn on the outer wall, it can be caused by wheel alignment issues. As wheel alignment shifts, it can cause feathering of the tires.
Positive is toe in, the front tires point in at the front.
Wheel alignments require special equipment, but to do a rough alignment,(such as after replacing steering parts)to get you to the alignment shop, you can measure the back of the front tires at center, and the front of the front tire at center and ensure that the two measurements are the same.Then go straight to the shop. Driving with the alignment out wears tires and can result in loss of control.
Possible alignment issue.
Front end toe in is out of alignment. Take it to a trusted alignment shop and have the front end aligned.
I'd at least have it checked, just to be sure everything's fine
Sam's Club does not do front end alignments. They do sell tires and if your tires are wearing unevenly, they can tell you if a front end alignment is recommended.
If the alignment is good and the front end parts are not worn (some people will align the front end with worn parts) it only leaves the tires. Rotate the two front tires and if they are bad you will notice the difference right away
Tires do not get out of alignment they may be out of balance but not alignment. Your suspension however can be out of alignment. The only way to know for sure is to have it checked.
Have the alignment checked at a local automotive shop.
If you changed them yourself it is recommended that you get an alignment done or do the alignment yourself. If a shop or mechanic did the work they should have done the alignment themselves.
Not much it averages around 35.00 at many tires stores. Shop around, some places offer a free alignment with purchase of tires.
The tires are on during the measurement part, they could need removed to perform adjustments.
The tires have nothing to do with alignment. The car could be aligned with the scalloped tires. They are scalloped from bad alignment, shocks, struts or damaged to the front end. An alignment in itself may not fix the problem. There may need to be some new parts installed before the alignment. You only need to replace the two scalloped tires. A four wheel alignment can be done with new ones on the front and old ones on the back. Rotating them at some point will not affect the alignment.
The wheel alignment is off, probably the camber.
You need an alignment to ajust your camber most vehicles wear the inside of the tire on the front and middle of the tire on the rear. Rotating your tire after a proper alignment every 9000 to 12000 mile will inprove your tire life. Four wheel alignment should cost $65 to $100 front wheel 50 to 85.
A alignment is needed if its pulling to one side. Where as a balance is needed if the car is viberating.
The alignment on your front-end tires may be off, it would be a good bet to take your car to a mechanic.
Tires out of balance, wheel bent, or both. Have the tires rotated and balanced, wheels inspected, and the front end alignment checked.
Not necessarily. If the car was in alignment prior to getting the new tires, it will be in alignment after the new tires. It isn't a bad idea to check the alignment periodically and it is probably better to check it more frequently than when you get new tires.
Your neighbor probably noticed the tread of the tires. If a car needs an alignment, the ware on the tires will be uneven. You will see a worn down strip either on the outer edge or the inner edge of the tire.
Not likely but it will wear the tires out.
If your car's tires are out of balance it will usually cause a vibration or thumping. If your wheel alignment is out it will usually cause the car to pull to one side.