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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 01-17-2019, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Equinox 2018 Tires

I have an 11 month old 2018 Chevy Equinox with 10k miles on it. I just took it to my local dealer for my second service, they rotated the Michelin tires. They evaluate the tire tread depth and have found them to be in the Yellow zone, possibly they may not inspect next month. I drove with the AWD on for the first 3 months I had it, then shut it off for the summer and back on the last 2 months. The only issue I have had with this SUV is that slush will build up inside the wheel wells and freeze in the right conditions, and twice I had to chop it out so I could drive without the car without it shaking. I notified Chevy of this immediately. Also, the car sensor for the tire inflation has always been fine, but my email report sometimes show that I need air, but then at the service air is checked and fine, the next week after I get my monthly email, low air is noted. So long story short, Chevy has decided to replace my tires, and they said I was the second person to come in that day with same car, same tire issue, the other guy has 27K miles on his Equinox. Just to note: I don't drive with my foot on the brake!
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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 01-17-2019, 10:30 AM
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What model is your Equinox, and what size, make and model are the tires ?
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2018 Equinox LT1 1.5 L 4 cyl, AWD, S/R Cajun Red Tintcoat/Black. Michelin Premier LTX tires.
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If you google Michelin Premier LTX reviews, there are lots and lots of people mentioning excessive tire wear at low mileage.
It's a shame that a company like Michelin would offer something like this.
Brand new, the Michelin Premier LTX starts with less tread than its competitors so we're at a disadvantage right from the start.
I have them on my Terrain but I've only got 500 miles on it so far but I'm not looking forward to having to replace my tires before at least 40,000 miles.
My last SUV had the Michelin Latitude tours and at 40,000 miles they were ready for replacement and I thought that was poor.
I guess I'm going to find out what poor really is with the Michelin Premier LTX's.
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Wow, amazing that Michelin has fallen in quality. My dad (retired mechanic) remarked on my new Equinox that tread didn't look great on the Michelins. Years ago I bought Yokohama's for my truck and those tires did INCREDIBLE. Only problem was I went to buy replacements after that and those Yokohama's did very poorly (decreased in quality also) so I upgraded to Michelins on my truck....they have held up very well. I certainly hope I get more than 40K out of these new Michelins on the Equinox!!!
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This is disappointing tread wear for any vehicle type. Also it isn't because the tires are installed on a performance vehicle, as the OP has a 1.5 AWD. This combination shouldn't be capable of abusing the tires due to the amount of available power.

My first thought when learning of the rapid tread wear was that there must be an alignment problem, maybe a toe in or out issue.

Proper alignment and tire pressure should be the very first check a dealer should perform to determine the root cause of the excessive wear.

Has this been inspected prior to condemning the tires? A slight toe misalignment will erase the tread very very quickly as the tire is sliding sideways as it is rolling forward, often many feet sideways per mile.


If this excessive wear phenomenon has occurred on various makes/models of vehicles, using the same tire, then there may be a defect in the tire's composition and construction.

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Can't speak for AWD , but my FWD 2016 Terrain SLT has OEM Michelin Latitudes and with 36,000 Miles still look and handle Great ..

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OEM tires from the factory is what I call low bid tires as long as they meet the COST, ride, noise and comfort standards that the manufacture wants which is not mileage, they have a tendency to be the cheapest acceptable tires a company can get. I have always had the attitude that they last a couple years and maybe if I am lucky I can get 30,000 miles out of them and if they last that long I go for a good quality 80K tire from a reputable tire store. A little back story on travails of my prior car a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel. I bought the car new and when I was doing my walk around prior to buying it I noticed that the right front tire had a chunk of the sidewall peeled like it had hit a curb, but there was no other obvious damage to the wheel, or anything else. The dealership put a new tire on right away.

I go about 8,000 miles and had a flat tire which was unrepairable with a nail in the sidewall, so right then and there I decided that the gumball Goodyear tires were to be replaced. Since the tire went flat in my garage I took all 4 tires off and went to a local tire store and had 4 new Pirelli fuel efficiency tires mounted. I had marked the rims where I took them off the car so I could reinstall them in the same position on the car. I drove the car another 38,000 miles and the replacement tires had only a 1/32th of the thread worn off them when I traded for Equinox.

OEM tires in my eyes junk and I am happy if I get a couple years. I have been a vehicle mechanic for 10 years in the 1970's to the 1980's and 30 plus years as a aircraft mechanic so I do have a little bit of knowledge of vehicles.
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I have Michelin Premier LTX tires too, currently they're sitting in my basement, I took them off at 8200 miles. Yes, before you ask -- the car is properly aligned, rotated on schedule, properly inflated and I am not an aggressive driver (conservative as they come actually). Still at 8200 miles, during the winter, I found my suv slid like it was a puck on a waxed bar room shuffle board table absolutely no stopping traction - dangerous. So at 8200 miles, with the tires evenly worn with depth between 5/32s (the two that were on the front the longest were at 5/32) and 6/32s I replaced them and we'll see if I can sell them on craigslist (I know I will get raised eyebrows when I say only 8200 miles). I'm very disappointed and as other posters have noted, my situation is not unique (just go look at tire rack reviews).

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I have Michelin Premier LTX tires too, currently they're sitting in my basement, I took them off at 8200 miles. Yes, before you ask -- the car is properly aligned, rotated on schedule, properly inflated and I am not an aggressive driver (conservative as they come actually). Still at 8200 miles, during the winter, I found my suv slid like it was a puck on a waxed bar room shuffle board table absolutely no stopping traction - dangerous. So at 8200 miles, with the tires evenly worn with depth between 5/32s (the two that were on the front the longest were at 5/32) and 6/32s I replaced them and we'll see if I can sell them on craigslist (I know I will get raised eyebrows when I say only 8200 miles). I'm very disappointed and as other posters have noted, my situation is not unique (just go look at tire rack reviews).
What tires do you have now and how many miles have you put on them.
Iím very interested in your review of he replacement tires.

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