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Old 08-11-2003, 08:24 PM
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If you do not drive above 100 MPH for extended periods of times, try S-Rated Touring tires. You will probably get 80,000 miles. Rotate them every 10,000 miles.
94 E320 58000 Miles
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Old 08-11-2003, 10:32 PM
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Thanks for all the interests on the post. Two issues have been emerged.

The first one is on the tire itself, whether it itself lasts or not. As mentioned earlier in my posts, I had used Yokohama AVS Sports tires on all 4 wheels. I was fully aware that these tires didn't last, but please note that the 2 at the front had actually lasted 22,000 km, while the pair at the back only 5,000km! These were the comparison I was drawing, not against other makes. I have had 10 over vehicles, both Japanese and Continental cars of 2,000cc or above and I had never had any problem of premature tire wear like this. So, that led to the second issue.

The second issue lies on the mechanics of the wheels, suspension, linkages, etc., etc. of this particular w124 I am having. As said, I have changed the springs, shock absorbers and have done the wheel alignment but still to no avail. Having seriously thought of the problem, I tend to suspect it was still the wheel alignment problem that is the culprit. Now I re-call, it might be that the mechanic has used the wrong data set when he did the wheel alignment for me sometime ago. I was there when he did the wheel alignment and he did indicated that he was not too sure which set of data to use. So, he could have picked up the wrong set just to do the job for me.

So, I am going to send the car to another workshop these few days .....
Edwin Li
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Old 08-11-2003, 10:33 PM
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Rear Tire Wear.

I would look at the valve or master cylinder that proportions brake pressure to the rear. Your car is probably using too much rear brake. Check out the e-brake could be too tight resulting in the rear brake engaging immediately upon touching the brakes.
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Old 08-12-2003, 01:59 AM
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The OEM Michelin MXVs had a wear rating of less than 200 as I recall, and I ran a set of XGTVs (wear rating 170) 30K miles including a couple of hundred miles or race track hot laps. The rears tend to wear more in the center, but more at the shoulders on the fronts; 7500 mile rotations evens it out and extends the life of the tires.

It's possible that excess toe can wear the rear tires evenly. You said you had it aligned after replacing the rear bushings. What are the numbers?

If the car didn't eat rear tires before the work, then the number one suspect is something done during the bushing replacement has led to the condition.

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Old 08-12-2003, 08:15 AM
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The treadwear numbers are not useful for comparing one tire brand to another. They are ONLY useful within the same brand. The tire testing varies from mfg. to mfg.

The rear is the DRIVE axle. Gumball tires will not last near as long on the drive axle as they will on the non-drive axle.

Incorrect toe, whether front or rear will not result in even tire wear. To begin with, unlike front toe adjustment, the rear toe adjustment from side to side is totally independent. They are adjusted separately and do not effect each other. If there was a toe misadjustment, it would be highly unlikely to see the same misadjustment in a complimentary direction on both sides.

As suggested, frequent tire rotation will wear tires evenly.

Again, soft rubber compounds make the car stick like crazy but makes for EXPENSIVE tire usage. The gumball tires cost as much as two to three times as much as harder compound tires PLUS they last a fraction of the miles as their high mileage counterparts.

Good luck,
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