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96 E300 Diesel - my ETS control is coming on sparingly and now my front passenger tire is almost completely bald, any ideas on what is going on? Also, when accelerating it gear down and engine rpm goes to 4 to 5 but the car is not moving faster. Is it the transmission or the ETS?
 

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Do you have a Check Engine Light ON ? Have you got the car scanned through the 38 pin diag port with appropriate scanner ?
 

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96 E300 Diesel - my ETS control is coming on sparingly and now my front passenger tire is almost completely bald, any ideas on what is going on? Also, when accelerating it gear down and engine rpm goes to 4 to 5 but the car is not moving faster. Is it the transmission or the ETS?
Interesting...
How does one get to a completely bald tire scenario?
You never noticed you had a tire on it's last leg?
Poor alignment perhaps?
 

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Interesting...
How does one get to a completely bald tire scenario?
You never noticed you had a tire on it's last leg?
Poor alignment perhaps?
It happened in the last week, the tread was fine on all four wheels then within a week just the one is almost completly bald not just on inside but pretty much all the way across.
 

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Tires usually don't wear that fast unless alignment is fucked.....and if alignment is fucked, you'd know. From your description, the wheel would've been dragging against the car for a while, which points to the car not tracking straight if you let go of the steering wheel.

You're not telling the complete story here.
 

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Tires usually don't wear that fast unless alignment is fucked.....and if alignment is fucked, you'd know. From your description, the wheel would've been dragging against the car for a while, which points to the car not tracking straight if you let go of the steering wheel.

You're not telling the complete story here.
I found out the front passenger wheel is somewhat "seized" and is not spinning as much as the others, now I am trying to figure out if its the control arm or bearings or something else. I think that the traction control is kicking on because the wheels are not spinning the same speed, which correct me if im wrong would cause the tire to wear pretty quickly.
 

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Is the triangle light coming on in the cluster when you drive?

At any rate, it's either wheel bearing or sticking caliper.
 
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