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Old 07-17-2019, 06:54 AM   #1
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Uneven tire wear

The tires on my 2017 Esc21 have exhibited uneven wear side to side. Both tires on the right (door) side are considerably more worn than the two on the left side. I have maybe 20k miles and the both door side look to need replacement while the two on the other side look almost new. Does anyone have any ideas on what's going on here?
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:16 AM   #2
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Have you had your bearings serviced or tires rotated? The bearings, if not proper can cause that problem. Maybe time to perform some maintenance and maybe get 2 new tires.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:20 AM   #3
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Hi John,
You will get a number of responses postulating the cause of uneven tire wear. Since there are a number of variables involved here, this is understandable.
Here are some which you may be able to check and change yourself.
1. Uneven inflation or improper tire pressures
2. Uneven Loading ( heavier on the worn side)
3. Not balanced
4. Tires not regularly rotated
5. Worn bearings or bearings not properly seated due to loose or under tightened castle nut on the axle spindle. Especially the outer bearing. Somewhat common
6. Not likely at all, but possible bent axle spindles on both axles. Very rare.
7. If the Escape was mine and I sensed that I needed professional help on this, I would make an appointment with a reputable frame and axle shop and pay for an inspection and explanation. I would not take it to an RV dealer because it could take forever and their expertise from my observation will not rival a long established frame shop. My opinion.
That’s where I would start.
Regularly monitored for pressure and condition and evenly loaded there’s no reason these tires shouldn’t run 35 to 40 thousand miles. YMMV
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:33 AM   #4
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John,

I rotate my own tires and service my own bearings, and the original set went 40,000 miles.

Assuming you check most of what Dave recommends, consider this. You have two “almost new” tires, and it didn’t sound like you’ve used your spare, so you have three good tires. Put two of them on the troublesome side and put one of the worn ones on the spare rack.

That’ll give you three good tires, and the worn one will be “resting” on the side that apparently doesn’t wear tires.

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Old 07-17-2019, 07:48 AM   #5
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The tires on my 2017 Esc21 have exhibited uneven wear side to side. Both tires on the right (door) side are considerably more worn than the two on the left side. I have maybe 20k miles and the both door side look to need replacement while the two on the other side look almost new. Does anyone have any ideas on what's going on here?
My tires on the passenger side were wearing more than the driver side too.

Here is what I found to be the cause. The brakes were adjusted tighter on the passenger side than the brakes on the driver side and the right side was doing most of the braking. This may not be your problem but I would check to make sure.
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Had a mobile welder I hired to replace some suspension parts on my last trailer tell me folks frequently hit curs and such with trailers, it causes all sorts of suspension and wheel issues, especially work trailers.
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:26 AM   #7
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Had tire wear on the right side as well with both. The first tire got chewed up on the way home from pick up as the right front kept locking up just prior to coming to a complete stop and I did not notice it right away. Dexter was great and bent over backwards to resolve this problem with a new backing plate as well as having the drum turned and paying for a new tire. Looking back I wonder if it wasn't an operator error for not having adjusted the brakes at the 200 mile mark which is in the manual yet I was unaware of having never owned a new trailer.

The second time was due to a bozo mechanic being in a hurry and when replacing a worn outer bearing failed to seat the cup(race) fully which affected the camber outwards and wore the tire. They paid for a new tire.

Also, the right tires tend to wear more as the roadway cambers towards the curb side from the center line.
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