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Uneven Tire Wear
Posted 20 December 2014 - 07:27 AM
Hi, we recently bought a 2012 Flex SEL with AWD and silver vista roof (no ecoboost) and we love it!
The only thing that concerns me is that there is uneven wear on the inside of the front drivers' side wheel. The Flex has 73,000 miles on it and the tires have a good amount of tread left on them. This the first AWD vehicle we have owned and not sure what to do about it.
I have heard that you cannot buy one new tire, or otherwise have one tire with less tread; due to the fact that the AWD system will notice it spinning separately (faster or slower) from the others and will compensate. The tires are 235/60/R18 Firestone Destination LE2 . Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
Posted 29 June 2015 - 05:40 AM
I have a recent problem on my Front passenger tire that is apparently rubbing on something causing a groove at the very inside edge of the tire tread. I have inspected all around the wheel well and turned the steering wheel lock to lock to inspect for each position of the wheel. I am unable to find any indication of wear but it is so severe that it cut through the belts at the inside edge and caused the tread to start separating and bulging causing wheel and steering wheel wobble. That is when I first found the problem. It felt more like a balance weight have come off. At first looking at the tire, the normal tread was fine with plenty of tread. It wasn't until I jacked it up and got under, rotating the tire by hand that I noticed the separation in the tread at the groove formed at the inner edge. I had an extra stock tire with excellent tread that I had replaced a couple years ago due to a puncture in the center of the tread and had it patched to possibly use as a full size spare or at least carry with me on a long trip since every time I have had to replace any tires at the dealership, they have had to order them! These are the stock tires that came from the factory 255/45R20. With the replaced tire on the Passenger front, I am immediately developing another groove in the same location and cannot determine the source. Has anyone experienced this??? Or have any thoughts? I'm thinking of getting my leaf blower and aiming it at the front side of my wheel well to see if something is deflecting at speed and contacting the tire, even though I can see any wear points.
2010 FLEX Limited, Ecoboost. Original Owner. 110,000 miles
Posted 29 June 2015 - 06:48 AM
How about a picture? I would think that if something is contacting the tire (and it sure sounds like it is) you would see evidence of it either from rubber left on it or by it being rubbed clean.
Posted 15 September 2015 - 04:26 AM
Posted 15 September 2015 - 05:05 PM
Hi and sorry to hear you are having a tire problem.
Did you say that all 4 tires have this wear problem and up till 7k miles ago everything was wearing normally?
Did your Tire Shop check the alignment or look at the suspension?
BTW, 45k miles is not bad for your weather/road conditions, what brand of tire was it?
Posted 15 September 2015 - 10:54 PM
Posted 16 September 2015 - 04:39 AM
Posted 16 September 2015 - 07:35 AM
We've seen uneven wear problems with one tire or one axle but all four tires at once is rare.
What did the Tire shop say about the car's alignment, was it off very much?
Did they align both axles and check for any wear items in the suspension after installing the new tires?
Were the shock absorbers checked?