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Over the weekend, I took our Santa Fe to NTB to have the tires rotated/balanced. I also had them check for cupping, but they didn't notice any. They did a free alignment check, as well. The items that were out of spec for me:
Front Left: Toe -0.15 (Specified range is -0.08 to 0.08)
Front Right: Toe -0.17
Total Toe: -0.32 (Specified range is -0.16 to 0.16)
Rear Left: Camber -1.9 (Spec range is -1.5 to -0.5)
Rear Right: Camber -1.7
Are any of these considered seriously out of alignment? Could it be the reason for my humming noise?
Also, since my Santa Fe is still under warranty (~27,000 miles), should I take it to the dealer and have them check it out? There wouldn't be any cost to do so, would there?
Definitely get rid of the Bridgestones. They are not a great tire when new, let alone with 31,000 miles and a "severely worn" edge.
When you get your new tires, rotate them regularly through all four corners of the vehicle as per the owner's manual. That should suffice until the last few months of your warranty, at which point you can pay for another alignment to identify any parts that need replacement. The Santa Fe is not immune to front-end wear (I just had a noisy stabilizer link replaced at 35,000 km, and the dealer actually had the part in stock which tells you something), but the warranty is very generous so you might as well take advantage.
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