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Anyone else has this issue. After replacing the original tires at 17K, our 2012 XLE is showing excessive wear on the outside of the front tires. The tread is fine starting just before the middle of the tire going towards the inside. Tires have always been rotated and the alignment is in spec.

Any one else seeing this on their vans. Looks like we have to budget for tires every 15-20 months /20K miles and that sucks

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Many people experience outer tire wear on their vans. I have experienced it myself and have read many comments on the Sienna chat forums from others experiencing it. In our case we checked tire pressure weekly, rotated tires at 5000 miles and go for yearly alignments. Had the suspension checked all okay - still had tires that wore out on the outer edges.
The sienna is a very heavy vehicle that will put a lot of stress on tires when cornering.
With tire wear there are almost too many variables too list. Some simple ones under your control are inflation pressure, tire rotation and alignment. It sounds like you are doing these. The quality of the tire, driving style, suspension component conditions, type of driving conditions also contribute to tire wear. In my case changing to a different tire brand and slightly over inflating my tires (38 psi ) has helped a little. I also have talked to my wife about turning the vans steering with the van not moving. She would actually leave tire marks on the driveway where she had scrubbed off part of the tire rubber when doing this.
If you type in outer tire wear in the search box at the top of the forum you will see may entries on this subject.
 

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No, its a FWD. These are Yoko Avid-s with approx 19K on them. Only the front one's show this sort of wear. The rear ones are fine. The tire is warranted for 60K but I dont think this will go even 1/3rd of that. Checked with my local tire shop and these are good for another 2K miles. I'll replace all four tires next month and then see how far the new ones go with all the tips on tire maintainance.
 

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thats a sport tire, right? are you running stock wheels?
Nope, regular Yoko's on stock wheels. We have been very happy with the tires except for the wear. These are rated at 740AA and warrantied for 75K miles but I am not sure if the spec is based on practical usage. This is my second set and I'll happily re-purchase these if someone can assure me that these will go 35-40K. Just dont want to be shopping again for tires every 18-24 months (we have < 10K annual mileage).

I have the H-rated ones... http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Yokohama&tireModel=AVID+Ascend+%28H-+or+V-Speed+Rated%29
 

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I'm having the same issue. I had Michelin Defender tires on my 2010 FWD sienna which have a 90,000 rating. Outside was fully worn at just 38,000, which reading all these comments and other forums it seems like I'm lucky to have gone over 30k with them. Toyota dealer made me feel like an idiot claiming I wasn't doing enough rotating/alignment. They then did the alignment and it wasn't even very off. Sounds like it's just a common issue. We love our Sienna and this seems to be our only issue.
 

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One suggestion is to drive more slowly around corners. Seriously. On such a big heavy vehicle, taking it a bit slower on corners will greatly reduce the wear and tear on the tires.

Another suggestion is to always make sure your tires are inflated to spec. Under inflated tires will wear more on the sides, especially when cornering.
 

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Try this
Chalk heavily across front tires about a 6" patch & drive for about 30 feet straight!

Examine tire for wear

I suggest increase tire pressure cold to 40 lbs.
 

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Raise the pressure up to around 40psi. I have gotten better wear with higher psi. I get yearly alignment checks and rotate the tires every 5000 miles. Goodluck.
 

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So after 5 months and approx 4200 miles later, I am encountering the exact same issue on brand new tires. Last week while checking the tire pressure I noticed that the outer edges on the fronts are again showing more wear than the center/inners. The new tires have been at 40-41 psi all along.

The new tires were balanced and the van aligned immediately there after. The alignment indicated that he fronts were marginally out of toe but Camber was in spec (see attached). The suspension looks good, no torn bushings etc.

Had them rotated today and will get the alignment checked again next week though really doubt if that is the case. At this point I am out of ideas except to keep contributing towards a perennial tire fund and keep throwing money on replacement tires every 18 months or so.

The Van is wife's daily drive and is not abused in any way. After getting the tires replaced, she is even gentle when turning at very low speeds.

I am out of ideas. Anything else I can try!!!!
 

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The outer wear is from the van having such a tight turning radius that doesn't stay fully aligned when fully turned to either side. It therefore puts pressure on the outside edge of the outside tire when in the turn. Doesn't have anything to do with 'cornering'. Usually happens when you're pulling in or out of parking spaces.

As was said, this has been brought up many times prior ever since Gen2 was introduced and it is very common.

This outer wear is what has caused many of us to fly through many sets of tires quickly. The way I helped elevate it some was by getting higher performance tires that could take up to 50psi. I monitor ours and keep it at 45psi. Only issue is that it has a much firmer ride at this setting but I get about 40-50k out of a set whereas 20-30 before.
 

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In that case, I'll run the tires at 44k for the next 1k miles and observe the wear.
BTW, which HP tires do you recommend for the van. I am currently running 17" Yokohama Envigour
 

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I think they are discontinuing them or in the middle of changing the model so they're harder to find around here but I've had great success in installing Goodyear Eagle Sport A/S - All Season Tire (https://www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/eagle-sport-all-season). Initially I selected them because of the high-pressure idea I had. Turned out to be great in all conditions including snow of various types even when aired up tight. I also like them because they appear to have a wider stance. They have a rubber edge near the wheel that sticks out and protects the wheel finish for if you ever rub up against a curb. They're not something I would have considered initially. Glad I gave them a whirl.

I've put these tires on all of my vehicles except my Jeep CJ7. I run them at 45psi for all of them. On my cars they've lasted well into the 60's/70's at that pressure. On the van they max out at around 40s.
 

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Cool, I'll keep these in mind when seeking to replace the current ones. I can live if they make it to the 40's.
Being in the South, snow traction is not a concern but I do these to have very good wet traction.
 

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Goodluck. I am a maintenance nut so I keep checking psi religiously. I will up mine to 42 tonight and see how it rides. I will definitely look into getting a tire that can handle more PSI.




Cool, I'll keep these in mind when seeking to replace the current ones. I can live if they make it to the 40's.
Being in the South, snow traction is not a concern but I do these to have very good wet traction.
 

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Well I upped my tire pressure to 41 and the tires are wearing much better will little edge cupping or sharp edges.

Gas Mileage is also a whole lot better.

Love this forum, it has saved me a lot of mone¥!~
 
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