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Do front or rear tires wear out faster on a rear-wheel drive car? TNX

Do front or rear tires wear out faster on a rear-wheel drive car? TNX

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Do front or rear tires wear out faster on a rear-wheel drive car? TNX

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Assuming wheel alignments being fine, rear tires should wear more. This is clear if you burn a lot of rubber but it is the case also under normal driving (not necessarily a lot higher wear).

This is also good from safety point of view, one should always use better tires at the rear (an old topic, MB user manual may claim the opposite but one needs to interpret it properly). If rear tires have more ware than front tires, one can always rotate tires (assuming the same size on all wheels). On a front wheel driven car where front tires normally wear more, it would not be safe to rotate tires once the front wheels have more wear.
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rear tires, and the passenger side rears wear faster than driver's side if you don't rotate

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strange, the Costco tire center told me front tires wear out faster when I went to get my tire rotated last weekend. Now I am confused.

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strange, the Costco tire center told me front tires wear out faster when I went to get my tire rotated last weekend. Now I am confused.
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probably they're used to front wheel drive cars...in that case the front tires wear faster (especially with power steered cars - had a couple VW TDIs that literally ATE front tires like a fat Italian eats spaghetti

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With my driving the edges of front tires wear out faster than anything else.
Sometimes I am getting mad having 4 mm thread in the center and bold edges. Even I inflate usually 4-5 psi above recommendation.
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With my driving the edges of front tires wear out faster than anything else.
Sometimes I am getting mad having 4 mm thread in the center and bold edges. Even I inflate usually 4-5 psi above recommendation.
When I had a W124, people at tyre shops claimed that it was often wearing front tyre edges. Perhaps it was more of the knowledge of service guys to align wheels properly, not sure.

Nowadays I see more tyre wear at the centre part of a wide tyre. The odd thing to me is that tyre shop guys claim that modern tyres may wear more from the centre at too low pressure. Traditionally this has been seen the opposite way, like Kajtek seemed to assume. I'm really not sure if this is just an excuse from the guys, they however claim that the belt structure of modern tyres makes it different.

Normally if wheels are properly aligned and tyre pressures are fine, the rear wheels should wear more, the more there would be difference the harder you drive. Front wheel driven cars would do the opposite by default.
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Interesting theory Diesel Benz.
But I've been rounding the tires on all cars in all vehicles for decades. I believe that my hate for loosing some gasoline for slowing down at corners has something to do with it. I usually keep the wheels pressure at the maximum load level, while seldom drive loaded.
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If my car is any indication (RWD E320), here is my experience. I bought the car with new tires w/53,000 and had them rotated w/58,000. At 63,000 the fronts were visably worn much more than the rears (tires had been on rear and front wheels for 5000). I am pretty consistant in using a 30psi inflation pressure. MB says to run at 27, so I might make that change soon.

I had the tires rotated again (best on front wheels now). The MB tech who did that said during a Michelin seminar he attended, they were taught that the "steering wheels" should have the best tread.

As far as I can tell, the car has always been properly aligned and at about 60,000 miles had a full 4-wheel alignment after the rack and pinion was removed, repaired, and replaced. That was for the well documented squeaking steering wheel TSB and problem.

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Since driving rwd MB's since '93 I've always had very even tire wear. More of my driving is freeway; when in town I'm easy on cornering. Friends who are harder on cornering get worn edges on the fronts. I keep my pressures 2-3 lbs above MB suggested for better mpg & handling.

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