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Jmlo96

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I just checked and it does have the ProContact ContiSilent tires. Can the tires be kept if the foam is removed or do the tires need to be replaced?
In theory the foam can be removed. I've never done it but I'd imagine it would not be easy. I would venture that GM nor Continental would recommend removing the foam. I personally would push for 4 new tires.
 

MMKRegalTX

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In theory the foam can be removed. I've never done it but I'd imagine it would not be easy. I would venture that GM nor Continental would recommend removing the foam. I personally would push for 4 new tires.
When I got mine replaced at a tire place I asked this question (yes I realize they want to sell me tires), but they said it's difficult because of how they are glued to the tire. It is hard to get out all out evenly. I put Bridgestone potenza's on my tourx and have been happy with them as an all weather tire.
 

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@Jlemonds It was pretty easy to pull out a portion of foam when I was @ Costco getting new tires. But admittedly I did no try to remove it all. 3 out of 4 tires were separating. Foam separation is a common issue on these.

I'd also push for new tires... But they may put cheap crap on. Some folks (on the Facebook group) were able to get prorated credit from Continental towards new Continentals.
 

LLninja

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@Jlemonds It was pretty easy to pull out a portion of foam when I was @ Costco getting new tires. But admittedly I did no try to remove it all. 3 out of 4 tires were separating. Foam separation is a common issue on these.

I'd also push for new tires... But they may put cheap crap on. Some folks (on the Facebook group) were able to get prorated credit from Continental towards new Continentals.
Agreed. The 4 tires are something you live with for 30-70k miles. I wouldn’t have CarMax slap on the cheapest tires they can find. I’d pick what you want and the difference in cost in really negligible in the long run. I personally buy new tires at the first indication of tire wear, far in advance of the minimum tread as my family’s safety is more important then the $50-100 you save by delaying. And I’m a big fan of Yokohama Avid Ascend GTs, only because I’ve had them on 3 of my prior cars and they last nearly forever.
 

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I'm in the same damn boat with the stock ProContact ContiSilent tires. I am pissed at the dealer, as I took it in to get checked and they told me it was a broken belt in the tire. I went to Sam's for replacements (best price by far) and they found the loose foam, it looks like it started at a point were the tire was patched. They removed the foam and rebalanced but I've still got a vibration. My assumption is that another one has some loose due to the brutal cold, and maybe made worse by the frequent car washes that cause rapid temp change on the tires.
So, my questions:
1st, Why would the Dealer not know about the foam in the tire and look for this issue? This gives me little faith in the knowledge at the dealer shop.
2nd, Is this covered under bumper to bumper warranty (seems like a clear defect to me) and has anyone had luck getting new tires on the factory warranty?
3rd, Why is there not a recall on something that can fail in such a bad way. Mine was on the front and it really affected driving dynamics and made it difficult to control at interstate speed.
 

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LLninja

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Bumper to bumper is a misnomer as the dealership usually doesn’t usually cover tires, brakes, wiper blades, or batteries during this timeframe. My car made it to 38k miles, and even though the conti’s still had some tread life left on them, I’m happy for an excuse to get new tires with better grip. Let’s say I still have 35-40% tread left, that’s maybe $300-400 worth of tread life, I’d much rather spend $900 on a new set of tires for my family’s safety during a panic stop or wet/icy conditions

BTW, here’s my tire from this morning. Responding to an earlier question, it looks like it is really easy to pull this stuff out as the adhesive isn’t very strong. I tugged at it and it peels right off. Hindsight being 20/20 I could have eeked a few more miles out of these tires by pulling the foam and remounting the tire, then wait for the next one to separate and do it again. But then again, my previous paragraph about not skimping on family safety still stands,




I'm in the same damn boat with the stock ProContact ContiSilent tires. I am pissed at the dealer, as I took it in to get checked and they told me it was a broken belt in the tire. I went to Sam's for replacements (best price by far) and they found the loose foam, it looks like it started at a point were the tire was patched. They removed the foam and rebalanced but I've still got a vibration. My assumption is that another one has some loose due to the brutal cold, and maybe made worse by the frequent car washes that cause rapid temp change on the tires.
So, my questions:
1st, Why would the Dealer not know about the foam in the tire and look for this issue? This gives me little faith in the knowledge at the dealer shop.
2nd, Is this covered under bumper to bumper warranty (seems like a clear defect to me) and has anyone had luck getting new tires on the factory warranty?
3rd, Why is there not a recall on something that can fail in such a bad way. Mine was on the front and it really affected driving dynamics and made it difficult to control at interstate speed.
 

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PrincipalDan

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I'm in the same damn boat with the stock ProContact ContiSilent tires. I am pissed at the dealer, as I took it in to get checked and they told me it was a broken belt in the tire. I went to Sam's for replacements (best price by far) and they found the loose foam, it looks like it started at a point were the tire was patched. They removed the foam and rebalanced but I've still got a vibration. My assumption is that another one has some loose due to the brutal cold, and maybe made worse by the frequent car washes that cause rapid temp change on the tires.
So, my questions:
1st, Why would the Dealer not know about the foam in the tire and look for this issue? This gives me little faith in the knowledge at the dealer shop.
2nd, Is this covered under bumper to bumper warranty (seems like a clear defect to me) and has anyone had luck getting new tires on the factory warranty?
3rd, Why is there not a recall on something that can fail in such a bad way. Mine was on the front and it really affected driving dynamics and made it difficult to control at interstate speed.
Dealers are idiots.

I reported the vibration issue at 20,000 miles, dealer "investigated" and proceeded to put far more balance weights on the tire than recommended. 50 miles later the vibration was back.

Proceeded directly to local tire shop and bought for new tires. FYI Continentals warranty for manufacturing defects is only 12,000 miles.
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