My VW Transporter T5 T30 2.5Tdi 130 Kombi camper van has been developing an increasingly bad droning / humming noise when travelling at speeds over …
This is an interesting video to watch as it very rare to see a faulty Michelin Agilis tyre?
Michelin Agilis Van and Motorhome tyres
I am still of the opinion that the Michelin tyre product is the best one in the world. Other tyre companies come a close second such as Continental tyres, but the radial tyre inventors are still king in my opinion.
The Michelin Agilis range of tyres is no different and offer excellent quality, both for vans and motorhomes. The Agilis is kept in high regard by the people who buy these tyres for their vehicles and this includes the Agilis Camping, which has been specially designed for the drivers of motorhomes. These tyres are marked up as an M+S tyre and this is for when the motor has to park on soft ground and surfaces.
The other Agilis tyres in the range are the 41/51 and 61 Van tyres that have a reputation for big mileages and are original equipment fitments on VW’s and some of the Mercedes range of vans.
Michelin Agilis tyre problems
I have always been the first to say that I have never seen a genuine Michelin FAULTY tyre, until perhaps now?
We recently had a customer call in with his van. The van was fitted with Michelin Agilis 51 tyres. The guy was experiencing vibrations when driving at about 60 mph. We immediately diagnosed a wheel balancing problem and balanced the wheels accordingly.
My fitter reported back to me that the wheels were difficult to balance correctly, but he did the job and the guy paid and went away. I have in the past that if the wheels are not straight foreword to balance there will be a problem with the tyre. It can mean that the steel belt is not stable due to some problem with the tread separating from the tyres casing, (the rest of the tyre).
In this case we have not seen the guy come back yet, but I decided to research into some internet forums, because I do believe that the tyres could be faulty?
Other van users have been experiencing problems with the Agilis 51 tyre?
The problems start with balancing issues, followed by bulges developing as the tyre go out of shape. This is a relatively common problem with tyre companies. Over the length of my career in tyres, but never with Michelin.
A few van drivers were having these problems. But not with the Agilis 61 tyres. Until the guy suffers any more balancing problems. Then this is only my first personal experience with this Michelin problem. It is possible that the tyres have been misused by the drivers; We all know what tight schedules the van drivers have to stick to these days. But I just thought it was an interesting topic.
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