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4,700 miles on my Model 3 and my tires are on the wear bar

randy1077

Model X60->75 Vin 180XX. Model 3 Vin 074XX
May 20, 2011
91
89
Dallas, TX, United States
My Model 3 rear are wearing exceptionally fast. They are measuring 3/32 in the middle and 5/32 on the edge. The pressure has been very close to 45 psi for the entire time I have owned the car. The guy at the tire shop said they would not be covered under warranty because of the uneven wear. Is anyone else having this accelerated tire wear? I admit that I floor it at every light and use regen to its fullest extent, but 4,700 miles is ridiculous! These are supposed to be 55,000 mile tires. I have the 18" rims. These are the Michelin PRIMACY MXM4 - SIZE: 235/45R18
 
You can rotate your tires often. You can Zero out the toe and get zero to slight negative camber all around. Zero toe will make the car more lively but also more squirrely while on the freeway. Zero camber will make the car grip a bit less in corners. Both reduce tire wear. I've no idea what the standard settings are or what's adjustable on the M3. Camber probably needs aftermarket parts to adjust.
 

eigenv1

Member
Jul 13, 2017
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Oklahoma
My Model 3 rear are wearing exceptionally fast. They are measuring 3/32 in the middle and 5/32 on the edge. The pressure has been very close to 45 psi for the entire time I have owned the car. The guy at the tire shop said they would not be covered under warranty because of the uneven wear. Is anyone else having this accelerated tire wear? I admit that I floor it at every light and use regen to its fullest extent, but 4,700 miles is ridiculous! These are supposed to be 55,000 mile tires. I have the 18" rims. These are the Michelin PRIMACY MXM4 - SIZE: 235/45R18

Question to the tire specialists on this board: If the middle tread is wearing faster than the edges, could it be overinflation?

The upside is now you can purchase some better tires.
 

Daniel in SD

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Jan 25, 2018
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San Diego
You can rotate your tires often. You can Zero out the toe and get zero to slight negative camber all around. Zero toe will make the car more lively but also more squirrely while on the freeway. Zero camber will make the car grip a bit less in corners. Both reduce tire wear. I've no idea what the standard settings are or what's adjustable on the M3. Camber probably needs aftermarket parts to adjust.
You're right about toe but zero camber will make your tires wear faster unless you never turn :p
You should adjust your camber to keep the wear even between the inside and outside edges.
 
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suwaneedad

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Dec 11, 2016
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Atlanta
7k miles. 44psi. Very even wear. I am careful when cornering; learned my lesson the hard way in the LEAF over the years.
Have yet to find a tire that can run to its warranty mileage when installed on an EV.
I expect to get 20k out of my delivered Model 3 tires; anything more is gravy.
 
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Daniel in SD

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Jan 25, 2018
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San Diego
Middle wear: over-inflation
Edge wear, same inner and outer edge: under-inflation
Outer edge wear: too much toe in
Inner edge wear: too much toe out

RWD should come with 265 in the rear, too much power and weight for those poor 235s.
Toe in and out have basically the same effect, accelerated wear. Camber determines whether the inner or outer edge wears.
 
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joetz

Member
Oct 25, 2013
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Florida
My Model 3 rear are wearing exceptionally fast. They are measuring 3/32 in the middle and 5/32 on the edge. The pressure has been very close to 45 psi for the entire time I have owned the car. The guy at the tire shop said they would not be covered under warranty because of the uneven wear. Is anyone else having this accelerated tire wear? I admit that I floor it at every light and use regen to its fullest extent, but 4,700 miles is ridiculous! These are supposed to be 55,000 mile tires. I have the 18" rims. These are the Michelin PRIMACY MXM4 - SIZE: 235/45R18
If I was experiencing wear like that I would get an alignment
Don't assume the car is properly aligned from the factory
 

Dana1

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Supporting Member
May 20, 2018
882
547
Houston
7k miles. 44psi. Very even wear. I am careful when cornering; learned my lesson the hard way in the LEAF over the years.
Have yet to find a tire that can run to its warranty mileage when installed on an EV.
I expect to get 20k out of my delivered Model 3 tires; anything more is gravy.
Why is an EV particularly bad on tires? The road and the driver are the same....
 

dhanson865

Active Member
Feb 16, 2013
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9,997
Knoxville, Tennessee
Why is an EV particularly bad on tires? The road and the driver are the same....

huge amounts of instant torque at low speeds make it very easy to scrub tread off when accelerating from a stop or low speeds in general.

Worse on a Tesla than a Leaf but still doable in any EV.
 

Krugerrand

Enough of the 🐩, back to 🐈‍⬛
Jul 13, 2012
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17.5k miles on my 3, 18” aeros. Have had Tesla rotate the tires twice at recommended mileages. Carrying 41psi since day one, even wear and I’m sitting at about half tire tread. I drive both spiritedly and sedately depending on my mood. Brake via regen 95%+ of the time. Floor it from a stop 10%ish of the time.
 

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