What Is Tire Feathering?
feathering occurs when the tread ribs actually scrape down the road.
It's a common occurrence when the tire has a camber problem or needs
toe-in or toe-out alignment. With the Nissan 350z, reports of extremely
loud tire noise (sometimes identified as tire roar or howling) almost
always accompany the tire feathering problem. Once the tire wear
begins, so does the noise. The more miles accumulated, the louder the
Does Nissan Know There's A Tire Problem?
In fact, so far Nissan has issued three separate Technical Service
Bulletins addressing the problem, including one which according to Auto
Week says the suspension design/geometry of some models is causing the
inside of the tires to wear in a choppy fashion.
the tire feathering problem appeared during a long-term test of the
350z by Edmunds.com, they contacted Nissan and were told that cars
built early in the production cycle had known alignment issues that
caused uneven tire wear. And according to a report by Auto Week, Nissan
is "cautiously optimistic the problem is under control and will not
plague newer 350z's, although the company acknowledges that it doesn't
consider the matter closed and it's engineer's continue to monitor the
Is Nissan Fixing The Reported Tire Problems With The 350z's?
one of the technical service bulletins (NTB03-006A) issued to deal with
the problem, Nissan instructs dealers to swap the left tire to the
right side and the right tire to the left side (the tires have to take
be taken off the wheels because the tires are unidirectional). In
addition, the dealer is instructed to align the car to the new
specifications listed in the TSB. Unfortunately, this has proved to be
only a temporary fix. Auto Week reported the tire noise and feathering
went away only to reappear later at a later time. In fact, many
consumers have reported that within 3000 miles of having the tires
swapped and the cars aligned, the problems have reappeared to an even
Contact your authorized Nissan dealership or Nissan directly and report the problem!
Tell Nissan About Your 350z Tire Problems!
Here is the contact information you need to make your dissatisfaction and problem/claim known to Nissan:
Nissan Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 191
Gardena, CA 90248
(800) NISSAN-1 (or 800-647-7261)
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Eastern / Central Time
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Monday through Friday
Nissan North America
18501 S. Figueroa St.
P.O. Box 191
Gardena, CA 90248-0191
Nissan Technical Center North America
39001 Sunrise Drive
P.O. Box 9200
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9200
Nissan Trading Corp., U.S.A.
38505 Country Club Drive, Suite 200
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Nissan Design America
9800 Campus Point Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
Nissan Canada Inc.
5290 Orbitor Drive
L4W 4Z5 Canada