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Uneven tire wear - how much is too much

Guy at work just had new tires fitted on his GTI and the shop told him he needed an alignment due to uneven tire wear. As it happens, I’d had a look at his tires a few days earlier when we were discussing what he’d replace them with, and while they were uneven, it didn’t look too bad to me: down to the wear bars across most of the width, with the inner edges of all 4 close to out of tread, so maybe 1-1.5mm more worn than the rest of the width. That struck me as just being symptomatic of a car with a bit of negative camber stock that does a lot of freeway work.

What do you reckon - how uneven is too uneven? Were the shop making a legit recommendation or just drumming up business?


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