1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Tyre wear

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Esox Mark, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. Esox Mark
    Offline

    Esox Mark Smoke me a kipper...

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Jan 25, 2010]
    Hi there everyone - any ideas on this?

    Had my S3 in for it's maiden service last week - 11,500 miles covered from new - Audi tecnichian tells me I have just 3mm tread left on fronts, 4mm on rear. I'm quite suprised by this so check myself - well, he was right, but the tyre wear is limited only to the outside three inches of each tyre. I asked the service dept what is causing the tyres to wear only on the outside and they tell me it's 'normal' for this to happen with the S3. Sounds like ****** to me - what are your thoughts? I hadn't budgeted (or expected) to have to replace my tyres every 11,000 miles!

    Thanks - Mark
    #1
  2. Ads

    Ads

    [Sep 16, 2014]

  3. 330_2_S3
    Offline

    330_2_S3 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Messages:
    242
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Jan 25, 2010]
    Yeah this is normal mate, espeacially if you corner hard....

    11,000 miles seems normal to me i think? remember you are running a quattro system too....

    In saying the above, I have almost done 10k since i bought the car and have replace them back set already...front have a another couple off mm left...
    #2
  4. maninthestreet
    Offline

    maninthestreet Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Jan 25, 2010]
    Surely the tracking is out if only the outside edges are worn excessively?
    #3
  5. V6Pete
    Offline

    V6Pete Now running on Bentley's y'all

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    2
    [Jan 25, 2010]
    Strange, my fronts had excessive tyre wear on the inside....
    #4
  6. Esox Mark
    Offline

    Esox Mark Smoke me a kipper...

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Jan 25, 2010]
    I must admit - I am a little puzzled. I've had several Audi quatro and VW (4 motion) equiped cars over the years and this is the first time I've seen uneven tyre wear like that. The chap at Audi was quite inistent that it was 'normal' for the S3. Oh, I do give it the beans now and again - so fair comment on cornering taking its toll. Mind you, I had a mk5 golf GTI as a second car and got 23,000 out of the tyres on that! I did swap the fronts/rears over at 16k - but 11.5k... like I said, I didn't budget for that! Think I'll be very careful what tyre I replace with - some wear quicker than others ...
    #5
  7. s3ollie
    Offline

    s3ollie Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    762
    Likes Received:
    7
    [Jan 25, 2010]
    have you had your alignment checked? if its wearing the outside edge it suggests that you have got too much toe in (IMHO). my old s3 used to wear the inside edges... that was down to lots of neg camber, I wanted it like that and it didnt half corner well
    #6
  8. V6Pete
    Offline

    V6Pete Now running on Bentley's y'all

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    2
    [Jan 25, 2010]
    My understanding is that the inside tends to wear a lot quicker on the Mk5 Golf platform generally, and this is exacerbated when the car is lowered.

    Excessive wear on the outside does indeed suggest an alignment issue. I'd take it to somewhere with proper Hunter 4 wheel alignment gear and get it all checked.
    #7
  9. Esox Mark
    Offline

    Esox Mark Smoke me a kipper...

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Jan 26, 2010]
    Thanks Chaps - I'll get the allignment checked ASAP. Much apprecaited feedback.

    Cheers,

    Mark
    #8

Share This Page