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Wondering if tires are causing other issues...

paguy215paguy215 Posts: 1
edited June 2016 in Toyota
I've noticed that my Camry has seemed especially sluggish when it starts from a stopping position. The acceleration just seems slow, but it gets better once I get up in speed. My first instinct was the transmission, but the fluid level is fine and I'm not really feeling that 'slipping' feeling. I noticed that my tires are very worn (not bald, but certainly worn to the point where I want them replaced), so I'm planning to get those replaced. However, I'd like to know a little more information so I know what to expect when I go into the shop.

1) Could the worn tires contribute to the dragging feeling that car has when it starts to accelerate?
2) I've also heard noises almost like a rumble shortly after I stop at a light, and rarely when I make any turns. I'm going to have them check the brakes and all, but the brakes seem fine and I never hear that noise when I step on them, only the two scenarios described. Could the worn tires be responsible for that sound too?

I guess ultimately I'm curious what sounds/issues a car could have as a result of worn tires (other than the obvious risks of wet roads, blown tires, fuel economy, etc). Thanks for your help!


  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 130,514
    Sounds more like a transmission issue, to me.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Sounds like maybe your transmission is not downshifting from 2nd to 1st as you come to a stop. Then, in that case, it will start up again in 2nd, and feel quite sluggish. One of the shift solenoids could be sticking. A computer scan might help track this down if the shop you go to can access the TCM codes. If it's just a tire shop you may want to go elsewhere to track down this issue.

    The only thing I can think of that might be tire related is if your tires were extremely low on air pressure.
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