Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: West Chester, PA
Camry Hybrid - Front tires SHOT already!
This is the most tire wear I've ever seen on any car in just 12,000 miles! I went to rotate the skins recently, and found the front ones worn almost down to the treadwear indicators. It's all nice and even across the tread - not high pressure or low pressure wear, and not cupped, nor worn only on the inside or the outside. The rear tires (which are the front ones, now) look almost new.
I may be way out in left field, and I confess I don't yet fully understand this car's hybrid operation yet, but I had one possible reason come to mind. Isn't a lot of the routine braking done "regeneratively" and/or electromagnetically by the Hybrid system, from the electric motors and through the drive train? If so, it's all going to the front wheels, instead of receiving some help from the rear as in conventional pad-to-rotor braking. Result: faster tire wear on the front.
Or - maybe my wife is right and I'm just an overly agressive bully behind the wheel.
Would like to hear your experiences, and any recc's on new tires when I get 'em.