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Front tires losing half the tread way too fast?


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Ltaldorainex
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Apr 15, 2017, 1:00 AM

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2010 Chevy Impala ---

I was wondering, my car is starting to eat my tires and I do not understand what is going on after I replaced my latest tire (This image posted using Imgur.) My steering wheel now as well is now cocked more to turning left when wanting to go straight. My buddy says it is just a wheel alignment that is needed to fix this issue, but I feel like it is more than that?



http://imgur.com/a/dbmBi


Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 15, 2017, 1:24 AM

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! That's wildly bad! Your alignment "camber" is way off wearing that tire shown down to it's steel belts it appears dramatically. That's near certainly more than an alignment alone would correct - it's bent somehow so you need to find out what, where and nice to know why - it's way off and I consider this dangerous to keep using till you know which a good alignment place would know BEFORE an alignment and new tires again would correct this,


T
PS: That tire alone isn't safe to drive on all by itself now!



Hammer Time
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Apr 15, 2017, 3:19 PM

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Yes, it sounds like somebody definitely hit something with the wheel or suspension or a tow truck did damage.

That is a severe "Toe out" problem that should be very obvious if you get down in front of the car and just look at the angle of the wheels.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 15, 2017, 11:22 PM

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Pic was only one tire but as HT concurred this is so bad it's damage not likely just worn parts but that too. Just looking at this car bet you could see this out of line never mind what an alignment machine would show. I said "camber" an alignment angle vs "tow in or this case out" because is showed no "feathering" no longer the point but would be both front tires it's in trouble! Just the tire shown is about to blow out at any time IMO,


T



Hammer Time
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Apr 16, 2017, 6:38 AM

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I know in the end it means the same thing but this is definitely "Toe" damage. Camber is a pressure angle and creates a very slow wear that starts at one side of the tire and progresses across the tire. Toe wear is a severe scrubbing action that compares to taking a grinder to the edge of the tire as the tire is dragged across it's inside edge due to pointing outward. Now that's not to say that a Camber change wouldn't also result in a major toe change in the process but most of the time damage that results a Camber change pushes the toe in, not out because it extends the length of the tie rod and this one is definitely out.

I spent many years getting tire training as a tire store manager and doing wheel alignments.



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Ltaldorainex
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Apr 18, 2017, 10:01 AM

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You are probably right because I had to move back closer to help my store as a manager, and this has happened to both tires, and I assumed it was the roads being bad the first time, but after the guy who towed my car to get new tires on it, that is the outcome of the tire I put on to get back home before I COULD even make it anywhere close to home.

Edit: My car has been sitting, since I posted this because I am trying to find a mechanic to actually work on this, but you know.. Holidays suck.


(This post was edited by Ltaldorainex on Apr 18, 2017, 10:03 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 18, 2017, 4:27 PM

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I hear you about long weekends/holidays - tough to get things done. Roads suk all over the place.


Hey - know that if something is bent if one side wears it has to affect the other. The "geometry" of wheel alignment is all changed - in this case WAY off. Towing? There's a reason but unknown if just hooked up to a wrong spot or finished off a weak part?


So true for many - finding the right person or place for assorted trade work is a LOT of the battle!


T



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Apr 18, 2017, 5:57 PM

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You wouldn't believe how many times I have seen inexperienced tow truck drivers reach under there with a "J" hook and hook it right around the tie rod instead of the control arm.



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