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DUNLOP MAXX GT Tyres - splitting

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Not for me to recommend - but for someone in authority who runs this forum? 

Is it time to recommend ( not a strong enough word) that anyone who has a vehicle fitted with these tyres gets them professionally checked at a tyre retailer without delay? 

Surely this has been going on long enough, and in sufficient reported frequencies, to deduce there is something significantly and dangerously wrong here - to an extent where this is life threatening. 

Not to do so would be remiss (again not a strong enough word). 

Kind regards,

Gareth.  

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Hi,

Same problem with my 4 tyres Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 275 30 R21 (2x DOT 0217 and 2x DOT 5216) 

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6 hours ago, NoFEARfreak said:

Hi,

Same problem with my 4 tyres Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 275 30 R21 (2x DOT 0217 and 2x DOT 5216) 

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Now that is really bad. 

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I send the tires to the importer and after 3 weeks received this answer:

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The tire is advertised outside the warranty period. It has pronounced double-sided wear on the shoulders. Uneven wear and mechanical damage is not the result of a defect in the manufacturing process, but of the conditions in use. The complaint is not approved.

 

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1 hour ago, NoFEARfreak said:

I send the tires to the importer and after 3 weeks received this answer:

 

That's not good! Might be worth making them aware of this thread. Might help shows its a well.known issue. 

Cheers

Steve

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Six pages of posts and almost 3 years on, and still issues with these tyres, but remarkably no one dead or seriously injured yet? -well that we know of. 

Personally, I’m surprised that the administration of this forum hasn’t yet commented on why the forum hasn’t initiated  pursuing  this with the manufacturers. Surely with the collective evidence they have been made aware of, they are in a better position than most to initiate collective inroads, than a series of individuals acting on their own. Isn’t not to do so, rather remiss? 

Kind regards,

Gareth. 

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1 hour ago, Magnet said:

Six pages of posts and almost 3 years on, and still issues with these tyres, but remarkably no one dead or seriously injured yet? -well that we know of. 

Personally, I’m surprised that the administration of this forum hasn’t yet commented on why the forum hasn’t initiated  pursuing  this with the manufacturers. Surely with the collective evidence they have been made aware of, they are in a better position than most to initiate collective inroads, than a series of individuals acting on their own. Isn’t not to do so, rather remiss? 

Kind regards,

Gareth. 

Hi Gareth, going to get Trevor to answer that one. 

Cheers

Steve

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Thanks Steve. Apologies Trevor! 

If forums such as this are not platforms to communally move progress on repeated (safety) issues, then surely this must come under the heading of ‘.....could do better.......’. 

Whatever, I feel it might be too late coming to the party! 

Kind regards,

Gareth. 

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2 hours ago, Magnet said:

Six pages of posts and almost 3 years on, and still issues with these tyres, but remarkably no one dead or seriously injured yet? -well that we know of. 

Personally, I’m surprised that the administration of this forum hasn’t yet commented on why the forum hasn’t initiated  pursuing  this with the manufacturers. Surely with the collective evidence they have been made aware of, they are in a better position than most to initiate collective inroads, than a series of individuals acting on their own. Isn’t not to do so, rather remiss? 

Kind regards,

Gareth. 

Hi Gareth, Steve.

Unfortunately, we as a club don't have any influence with tyre manufacturers, let alone vehicle manufacturers and as such pretty much zero authority in a case of warranty or product recall.
The posts obviously highlight a trend with poor quality tyres (although having said that I run Dunlop tyres on my motorbike and my BMW Z3 and have no issues whatsoever over the years and trust the grip implicitly). Although I have seen this on a few different occasions and each were on different tyre brands (Metzeler comes to mind where the whole casing split around the sidewall but this was definitely down to age and inactivity).

However, there are bad batches of tyres that come through into the market, Pirelli had an issue with their P4 tyre which actually stripped the whole tread from the casing where it wasn't bonded properly. The most worrying trend is Chinese manufactured tyres ("ditch-finders" as they are affectionately known) being actively sold through major tyre retailers and these are lethal, having zero grip, going out of shape, and extremely noisy. 

In the case of the Dunlop tyres splitting, I could only recommend the check the condition and manufacture date and take it directly to the tyre companies that supplied them (if fitted since new) or if occurring on an new Audi then to take it back to the supplying dealership.
Again, it is worth checking the country of manufacture and any batch numbers to see if there is any common theme here.

If we can categorically find a recurring theme then it would be worth collating the information to forward to the relevant tyre manufacturer to raise awareness of the issue. 


 

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