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Old 10-28-2018, 04:27 PM
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I recently noticed my front tires were wearing in a way Ive never seen. The center of the tire is wearing:








This happened after towing my 12 utility trailer about 3,000 miles from Texas to West Virginia and back. The trailer probably had about 500lbs of tongue weight, so the rear suspension wasnt squatted too badly.

Ive not had a problem with irregular tire wear. I usually rotate my tires every 6,000-7,500 miles. My truck has a 2 Zone level kit and a 2.5 rear block. I had a professional alignment when the lift was installed 18 months ago. I did jack up the front of my truck and check for loose ball joints or tire rod ends and found noting obviously worn.

My truck is a 2011 F150 FX4 with the EcoBoost engine. The truck has 142,000 miles on it.

Any advice on why the front tires are wearing like that? I did get my tires rotated and balanced as soon as I got back home.
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I would start with checking air pressure and ensuring it is not too high.

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Over inflated. The weight of trailer took weight off the front which cause the tires to be overinflated for the load and wore the center.
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What size tires are they?
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Center means too much air.
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Center means too much air.
Or a tire too wide for the rim.
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Thanks for the replies. I didn’t consider too high of air pressure. My tires are LT275/70/18 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlar on the OEM 18” wheel.
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Thanks for the replies. I didn’t consider too high of air pressure. My tires are LT275/70/18 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlar on the OEM 18” wheel.
That size tire is ok for the oem rim so it's either too much air as mentioned and/or the suspension geometry partially due to the level kit you have, it don't look that extreme but having the truck nose high will screw with tire wear especially in a situation like yours. Suggest you invest in some load leveler air bags to keep the truck level on trips like that in the future, it'll make all the difference in the world on tire wear and handling.

Use the door placard inflation chart for the tires.
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