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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-22-2004, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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why are my tires wearing on outside edge ?

I have had my car aligned after the front struts were replaced. I had hoped this would fix the problem, but it didn't. I just put a new set of tires on, and the outside edges of the front tires are already showing some wear. Is this consistant with bad steering rack bushings ??

What is the most likely culprit ?

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Incorrect tire pressure all around or the suspension arm is either bent or twisted.
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Incorrect tire pressure all around or the suspension arm is either bent or twisted.
My thoughts exactly.
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you may want to take it back to who aling. and tell them
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Yes. Check the tire pressure first. Then take it back and show them. Usually some places will have a warranty on alignments (at least I did) and they will correct the problem. In my case the alignment was bad it messed up the tires so they gave me brand new fronts.
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Mine used to do that, until I replaced the outer tie rod ends. They had alot of play in them. New ones were nice and tight. I also did the steering rack bushings, but the old ones didn't look that bad.
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That's more along the line of what I was thinking. I figure if it was a bent/damaged control arm, that would have showed up in the alignment process. My outer tie rod ends are original and I have 141,000 miles on the Eagle.

I have a noticeable "shudder" in the steering when powering around sweeping left hand (much more than right hand) turns. At 40 mph or so, the steering wheel shimmies a bit, almost like the wheel is able to wiggle jsut slightly when loaded in that manner.
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they will also do that if you constantly take cornerns like a mofo and drive it like you stole it 90% of the time
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Pretty sure that's not it. I am driving like I want to hit 200,000 on the original engine and trans. I don't flogg this car.
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Tire Inflation Wise:

Wear in the middle of the tread = OverInflated

Wear on the edges of tread = UnderInflated
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The wear is only on the outside edge of the tires, not both inside and outside edges.
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The wear is only on the outside edge of the tires, not both inside and outside edges.
That sounds like a bad alignment (toe in).
What did the tires look like before the alignment? How many miles since the alignment?

Typically bad tie rod ends won't wear that way but if yours were bad when they did the alignment then the alignment could easily be off causing the wear you have. Have you tried checking to see if your tie rod ends and/or ball joints are bad? If you've got a shimmy below 60-70 MPH, then something isn't right ...
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Edge tire wear

>That sounds like a bad alignment (toe in).

Toe in (assuming proper inflation) will scrub the whole tread.
Outside edge only is camber (not vertical). Park on level ground, steering wheel straight and place a 24" level against the tire, (avoid the bottom bulge). Both fronts should be close to true.
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Re: Edge tire wear

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>That sounds like a bad alignment (toe in).

Toe in (assuming proper inflation) will scrub the whole tread.
Outside edge only is camber (not vertical). Park on level ground, steering wheel straight and place a 24" level against the tire, (avoid the bottom bulge). Both fronts should be close to true.
DOH! Temporary insanity :crazy:
... do these cars have a camber adjustment?
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Don't think so. You'd have to drop the strut from the tower and enlarge/slot the bolt holes.
Mercurmaniac, are the new struts the exact same as original?
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