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    Default Quick and Uneven Tyre Wear

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    Not sure if this is the right section for my question so mods, please feel free to move it if its not.

    Basically, I had 4 new tyres on the car when I got it. Its done about 16k miles since then and while the rear tyres look still almost new, the fronts are totally shot. They are worn on the inside and outside shoulders to pretty much bald, and are down to the wear marker in the centre.

    Now, I realise that under or over inflation could make the tyres wear in a non uniform way, and that the tracking being out could also wear an inside or outside shoulder. The tyres are only cheap ones, but I done want to replace them with something decent if there is an underlying problem that will wear them out like this again. The car was serviced yesterday and while they picked up on quite a few faults, they didnt mention anything about the tyre wear, other then I needed 2 new tyres and then to get them tracked to be on the safe side afterwards. I was just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience or knows what could be causing my problem. About 90% of my driving is steady motorway miles and no real aggressive stuff. Fuel costs too much these days and I have a bike if I want to go fast. Oh, car is a 2004 CDTi 150 Vectra.

    Thanks in advance people.

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    Vehicle : vectra c

    Trim : ls

    Engine : 1800

    Year : 2004

    Mileage : 135000

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    i would say thats about right 16000 miles on the front being the cheaper tyres

    but i have seen some cheaper brands that last longer what is the make of your tyres ?

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    Vehicle : Insignia CDTi SRi NAV 160

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    Year : 2009

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    What tyre pressure have you been using?
    What size are the tyres?

    I use 33psi as per the handbook.

    also would agree with vectra ste that 16k on a set is about right
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    Golden rule if you replace all the tyres is to have at least a front toe alignment check carried out, and if adjustment is advised have a full alignment carried out

    As above, 16K miles is acceptable if they have remained on the front throughout; my car gives about 10K miles on the front (but it is heavier and more powerful)

    When you replace these fronts, swap the current rears to the front, and put the new tyres on the rear; have a full alignment carried out

    As above, it is also helpful to advise what car you have, the tyre specifications, and the pressures you normally use

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    Mentioned the car in my original post but just to clarify its a 2004 CDTi 150 SRi. The tyres are just some rubbish budget Sunnys that were put on by the garage when I bought it. They are 215/50/17 and I normall run them at 34psi. I generally check them every 3-4 weeks and they need a little top up.

    Noted about putting the new ones on the rear and then getting a full alignment check.

    I was just puzzled really because the difference in the fronts to the rears is night and day. The rears really do look like new but the fronts are like slicks now! I appreciate the drive is going through the front and the weight of the engine etc is on them, but would have thought the fronts and rears wouldnt have looked so far apart.

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    There is no drive to the rears so they will wear more slowly. Also the brakes are smaller on the rear than the fronts
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    All this I know, but you would really have to see the difference to get what I am trying to say. Ive never had this big of a gap between front and rear tyre wear on any of my cars before and they have all been FWD. Last one was a diesel too and they are generally heavier than petrol engines but the tyres on that wore more evenly than these. I was just wondering if it was a symptom of some kind of problem perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M65 View Post
    All this I know, but you would really have to see the difference to get what I am trying to say. Ive never had this big of a gap between front and rear tyre wear on any of my cars before and they have all been FWD. Last one was a diesel too and they are generally heavier than petrol engines but the tyres on that wore more evenly than these. I was just wondering if it was a symptom of some kind of problem perhaps.

    the fronts on my petrol wear more on the front than the back i put it down to the power steering and the weight of the engine and the odd wheel spin now and then

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    perhaps its down to injection no 3 ah merikiito

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    You have done well to get 16,000 out of your fronts.I have the same car and mine need replacing now with under 11,000 on them and they weren't cheapies either.

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