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Odd and (I suspect) common tire wear

kgvickers

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Aug 16, 2019
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Fort Worth, Texas
I've noticed that my front tires have tended to wear excessively on the inside edge. An alignment check indicated that the toe was slightly beyond spec out (negative?) and it was corrected. Even after being corrected (per their printout) there's still more wear than I was used to on my other cars.

There are several Model 3s in my parking lot and I've checked the tires on them and saw the same wear pattern. I've seem more than one picture of tires removed from Model 3s and the same wear was there, too.

Is it possible that the Model 3 causes excessive inside wear during dynamic driving (meaning, anything other than driving straight ahead)?

Despite having a Performance model, I drive like grandma most of the time. I suspect the suspension would flex to some extent under acceleration - is it possible that the suspension flexes and "toes-out" during acceleration?

Otherwise, the car drives perfectly and tracks just fine. No pulling left or right. The steering wheel is perfectly straight.

Thanks,

Keith

Edit Update:

I should have added that I have a 2019 Performance that came stock with the 20" wheels. I switched to a set of 2020 18" Aeros with the stock Michelins. Yes, I had to shave the calipers to get them to fit, but spacers were not required.

Other than the inside edge excessive wear, the rest of the tread is wearing at what I think is reasonable. The tires have over 20K miles on them and I'm guessing they are good for about 10K more.
 
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Mar 27, 2016
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Melbourne fl
You probably have the factory installed junk Continentals that wear fast, especially when you start your tread at 7/10
Pick of the measured tread at pick up of Model Y
 

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