A lot of smoke as described by me is two seconds of smoke.
Approaching an intersection, driving about 20mph, slowed down further, as it turned yellow, then stopped harder to not go into the intersection.
That's the ONLY time i've ever smoked a tire.
Even when it happened, I though geez, I thought I was going slow enough to not flat spot it. I hope it's still round.
If there's any real sort of fix with that problem it's actually a fix on the brake bias. It's too much on the right front, and whatever tire it's paired with.
And not to be rude (although that's a total BS phrase). It doesn't matter what one's level of education or experience is, if you've never experienced or diagnosed a situation before, you're not qualified to provide an answer.
Don't slam on the brakes? Probably driving faster? No kidding master ASE. I hypermile 90% of the time. People ride my tail because I let off the gas when there's a red light in the distance. Shit happens. A kitten might cross the road, or a cop might decide that driving through an intersection as the light turns yellow driving through at 15-20mph is enough to warrant a red light ticket. If the light turns yellow and there's a crappy cop in the area, I have to stop.
The problem with you 8 year Automotive tech degree people is that you seem to think that your education somehow gives you the experience to diagnose everything.
If I had to choose a automotive tech who is 8 years out of school working as a master certified BMW mechanic or a 65 year old mechanic who ran his own automotive shop in the middle of no where, I'll take the old guy for my old car any day.
If I have a brand new BMW that is on the fritz, I'll take it to you, you can look at the TSB's and diagnose by replacing parts and seeing what happens.
I talked to a lot of people about my tire issues before I got them replaced. Everybody said, bent rims, crappy tires, out of balance, out of round, but NO ONE ever mentioned flat spotting tire. I bought used crappy tires, because if it were the rims that were actually the problem, I'm not going to waste it with new tires.
The solution for you and your dealership is always replace with new.
It's a great solution. People who follow that are probably not here reading for advice.
I'm looking for the how's and why's so I can come to my own solutions.
So this will be a learning experience for you then.
Given that I hypermile, do most work on my car myself, am generally pretty gentle on a car, your 'advice' was pretty crummy for me.
Your compatriot offers better advice with 'get better tires', however, it doesn't really address the issue if it's enough to flat spot. And neither do you.
I reallly hope you don't talk to the drivers at your place of work this way.
Do you tell people that have warped rotors on their cars that they were probably driving too fast and braking too hard too? [Serious]
Do you work at a honda dealership? [Serious]
Because I had a friend who would always buy new cars, and one year he bought an Accord, and the rotors became warped. This guy bought and drove many new cars, and this was the first time he ever bought a new car that had brake pedal pulsing.
Was it another guy like you told him his rotors were warped because of the way he drove, he 'braked' to hard? Or the possibility that he drove through a 6 inch deep puddle? [no].
Or was it the fact that honda made some pretty crummy rotors that were all manufactured below spec to save costs? That all the people complaining on the automotive forums were complaing about the exact same thing.
At this point, you really haven't offered any knowledge.
You may be sincere, but that doesn't make you qualified.
You need to be able to diagnose better WHY things happen and don't jump to crummy conclusions.
Driving too fast? Based on what? None of us really know. Road conditions, temperature, speed? The answer, which you fail to ask is the tire condition. They're old, the tread is fair. Too fast for the tire? Probably, but there's probably an issue in the braking bias as I already discussed. If I was driving too fast don't you think that both front tires would have locked up? Why is it always the right front leading to balance issues on the same location on every other model of that car that I've owned.
Regardless of your diagnosis, you still would have had a lot of credibility for me except for that 'warped rotor is probably the customer's fault' comment. I'm near positive that you work for a dealership.
If I bought a new car and the transmission siezed, knowing the way I drive, I'd probably want to strangle you if you told me it was probably due to the way I drive.
u/LevGlebowich, probably a 60 year old independent mechanic You're probably a sub 30 working in a dealership or chain repair shop.
Not that one is better than the other.