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Has anyone noticed the front tire on one side of the car wear consistently more than the one on the other side?

I just picked up a matched pair of tires except one is unused and the other has maybe a sixteenth inch of wear. If one side tends to wear faster than the other, I'd put the unused one on it, so that the tires end up worn out closer to the same time.
 

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Mine seem to wear out the same - left and right. Any difference is only where the tread wears unevenly, such as with too much toe-in (wearing more on the outer side of the tread on both tires), or wearing more on the inside of the tread on both tires due to too much toe-in; at which point in adjust the toe-in.
 

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The passenger front tire usually wears the fastest on a FWD car.
 
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That's the front right... in North America. Would that be due to torque reaction loading that tire more under acceleration?
In England would it be the same, even though they drive on the wrong side of the road?

I'll double check mine to see if that's the way they are worn.
 

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I'm guessing it's because it's the drive wheel with the least weight on it when there is only a driver in the car, which makes it more likely to slip/spin.
 

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Depends how you drive. Because of the Escorts gutless nature I have a tendency to take turns fast so I don't need to accelerate out of them. Rights are sharper than lefts so the lefts wear more. I also over inflate my tires so they wear evenly across the tread, in theory at least.
 

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Matt, I worked for FOMOCO on light trucks, they are balanced for a 150 lb driver. I imagine the weight is smaller, but I'm sure this applies to Escorts as well. Now does anyone have a truck scale we check that out with?
 

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Matt, I worked for FOMOCO on light trucks, they are balanced for a 150 lb driver. I imagine the weight is smaller, but I'm sure this applies to Escorts as well. Now does anyone have a truck scale we check that out with?
I've worked on cars professionally for 11 years, 5 of them only focusing on tires. Every FWD car I've worked on will wear the passenger front tire faster than the drivers front tire, my personal vehicles included. If you never rotate your tires then the passenger front will be worn down to the wear bars first, and that's a fact.
 

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I measured my front tires. Measured from center groves on the front tires.

Mr.White has Uniroyal Tiger Paws 195/60R14 with less than 5,000 miles, Left tire tread depth runs between .297-.320; Right tire tread depth run between .297-..310

Pony has Douglas All Seasons 175/65R14 with about 25,000 miles. Left tire tread depth runs between .180-.185.
Right tire tread depth run between .160-.168.

So as it stands right now Mad Matt is right, right sides ARE wearing faster.
 

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It's also worth pointing out that if the standard FWD tire rotation pattern is followed, the tire that was originally on the LF will be on the RF after two rotations, which would help to even out the wear. The same is also true of RWD vehicles which tend to wear the passenger rear tire more. If the standard RWD tire rotation pattern is followed, the LR tire will end up on the RR after two rotations, also helping even out the wear.
 

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Well my right front tire is indeed more worn than the left, but since I got them used many years ago I don't know if they were even when I installed them.
Thanks for all the input guys, I'll put the better of the two "new" ones on the right, so the two of them should end up worn out at around the same time.

I don't bother rotating my tires as I typically just change one axle at a time. Of course I go through more front tire pairs than rear.
 

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I always ended up spinning the passenger wheel, either intentionally or unintentionally, and it definitely wore out faster.
 

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Two lines of cars, left line turning left and the right line turning right, the left line consistently empties out several cars faster.
The right line consistently takes forever to complete their turns because it's sharper.
I think this explains why front tire wear typically remains close.
People tend to drive according to their perceived G-Force.
 
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