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Tire wear on Honda CRV

My 03 CRV(AWD) eats tires. The original set got only 18,000 and replacement with Michelin Hydroedge has 20,000 and time for replacement. I have rotated every 5K and kept pressure at 26 as recommended.

Is this a engineering problem or as dealer said it could be Florida roads have bits of shells and that causes premature wear. 90% driven in Fla and most local.


  • edited January 2011
    Do they wear out evenly, side vs. middle of tread?
  • edited January 2011
    Honestly, I would increase the tire pressure, to about 30 or 32, and that will increase the tire life alone.

    I'm sure you get a nice, soft cushy ride with the tires set to 26 psi, but that runs the tires really hot if you do a lot of long distance highway driving in the hot Florida sun. Hot tires decreases their longevity.

    Now, if they are wearing out on parts of the tread, and not evenly across, then you need to take your car to an alignment shop, and get it checked out.

  • edited January 2011
    You should also check out and see what CRV owners are saying about various tires.
  • edited January 2011
    Rotation and inflation are good, but what about wheel alignment?
  • edited January 2011
    They wear out evenly
  • edited January 2011
    I have a 2006 honda CRV with 30,000 miles, tires are not quite half worn. they are Bridgestone duelers . It calls for 29 lbs. air but I always keep at least 33 lbs. & the wear is very even across the tread. worse thing they are a very noisey tire, I can,t wait for them to wear out so I can try some quieter brand. Honda Bill
  • edited January 2011
    Evenly is defined as all wearing the same or does this mean all tires are wearing the tread across the width of the tire evenly?

    The tire pressure at 26 sounds way low to me and this will wear the outer edges of the tires prematurely with the center possibly following right along with the edges.

    Seashells are eating them up, huh? That's a new one. ;-)
  • edited January 2011
    Believe it or not, 26 psi is Honda's recommendation for my '99 CRV, too. But I try not to go lower than 30 psi.
  • edited January 2011
    Yeah, those Duelers that come on the CRV are crummy. Unfortunately they last long, too! I guess they're optimized for tread life and not much else.

    Kind of like a restaurant where the food is bad, and they give you too much of it ;-)
  • edited February 2011
    i love the dealer's suggestion that those diamond-hard seashells are causing premature wear... guess he figures you don't remember where shells are on the scale of hardness from 9th grade geology- which is pretty soft. it never hurts to get the alignment checked if you're getting uneven wear, but if the tires are wearing evenly across the board, front and back, maybe you're a closet leadfoot or heavy braker?
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