View Full Version : weird tire tread wear question

05-03-2006, 06:47 AM
my car tires are now due to be replaced and upon inspection i found 3 of 4 tires have worn evenly which tells me my brakes and suspension and alignment are in good shape

the fourth tire , passenger rear , has an odd wear pattern i have not seen before , the sipes on the outboard edge are worn , as if the tire have a slight camber .... BUT .... the tire is smoothed only on one side , by about 1/3 along the outside radial edge, and not right around , the other 2/3's of the outer edge of the tire shows a normal wear

what gives?

05-03-2006, 06:54 AM
Have you ever locked up the brakes causing the right rear tire to skid?


05-03-2006, 06:59 AM
chad , that is what it is like , as if a flat spot developed from a skid or hard cornering

not that i can recall any tire damage from my Sunday morning maneovers , antilock brakes too

Ian McColgin
05-03-2006, 07:02 AM
Some people in backing in to a paralell parking rub the curb with that tire, but the wear pattern does not sound like that's it.

Ken Hutchins
05-03-2006, 07:09 AM
Some of the cars need alignment of the rear wheels, another possibility if the car does not have rear wheel adjustment would be a bent axle housing.

05-03-2006, 07:10 AM
it is a very smooth wear , even transition from normal sipes to a flat spot (defective tire?)

05-03-2006, 07:32 AM
out of balance maybe?

Del Lansing
05-03-2006, 07:35 AM
Radial? probably a loose belt. They don't always get bonded 100%. Or just made a little off axis.

05-03-2006, 07:37 AM
i had a broken belt once , but that was on a Pirrelli on a VW GTi , this tire is Goodyear Idaknow strapped to a very sedate wagon

05-03-2006, 07:41 AM
Hm. That's the drive wheel I imagine. Could it just be that? Do you rotate your tires? Almost noone does. Could be alignment, if the rear is adjustable. Could just be the cost of being the drive wheel, someway?

What's the car? Here I am talking drive wheels when it's likely a FWD. I dunno. Alignment or loose belt.

Rick Starr
05-03-2006, 07:42 AM
Oh My God! Sell the Car Now, Before it Kills You!

Ok, probably not. More likely a bent rim.

05-03-2006, 07:51 AM
awd subaru

Ron Williamson
05-03-2006, 11:42 AM
Ever take a slide into a curb?
I'd say bent rim.