Dead Front Tires - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Dead Front Tires

June 7, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

We made another discovery at last week's brake pad replacement: That the inside of the Jag's front Dunlops were worn to the cords.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

These are the original tires and we've got about 23,000 miles on the car, but the uneven wear seems to indicate an alignment problem, though there are no other symptoms (pulling, wobbly steering wheel, etc.) The SP Sport MAXX rubber turned a maximum of .85g in our testing, which makes it reasonably sticky. Even so, it's surprising that we'd allow a rear-drive car with this kind of power to wear out its front tires quicker than it does its rears.

Seems almost wrong, in fact. But, hey, we just report the facts.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 23,000 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Misalignment causes a wobbly steering wheel? Looks like a lot of negative camber, or a lot of positive toe, or both. Neither of those will cause a wobbly wheel, pull or any other symptom. Sometimes you just have to take a look at the tires and see how they're wearing, especially on a car like this with staggered fitment that can't be rotated front-to-rear.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Would be nice if you took the car in for alignment and then showed us the alignment specs before and after!

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I would also like to see the alignment checked. Those SP Maxx tyres do not have a good reputation in the desert SW. I don't mind the 23k miles so much as the fact that after two to three years they turn into hockey pucks regardless of mileage. This is well know in the tyre shops in Las Vegas.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    alignment specs please.

  • spdracerut_ spdracerut_ Posts:

    Looks like wear due to toe-out. It would not surprise me if the front springs have started to sag a bit causing the toe-out. Or, possibly the car was tied down too hard on the transporter truck causing the misalignment.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    The only reasonable solution is to do some righteous burnouts to kill the rear tires so that all four are replaced at once.

  • mustang5507 mustang5507 Posts:

    Most modern Jags seem to have this alignment problem. My S-type does. And it's not a secret the Jag dealer tried to keep either. Does this particular car have staggered wheel/tire sizes? If so, that mileage seems about right to have to replace the tires...

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