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Dec 2, 2010, 1:16 PM

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Hi, I have a 1996 Chevy Silverado with 110k miles (5.7L engine) that is due for new tires. The past month or so I've noticed it pulling to the right. I figured I'd wait until the new tires were on before having it aligned, but upon inspecting the tires, I noticed the front driver side tire has a flat spot on the inside. It doesn't show uneven wear all the way around, just in one spot, about the size of my hand (imagine taking a tire, tilting it in a bit, dragging it across sandpaper without rolling it to wear a patch off). Could this still be an alignment problem or something else. I'm thinking if it's an alignment issue the wear would be all the way around the tire, but maybe I'm thinking incorrectly. It's an old truck that I'm only planning on keeping another year or two, so I don't want to put tons of money into it (who does) but need it driveable for the winter. Any ideas would be of great help as well as approximate pricing to repair if it isn't an alignment problem.

Thank you,


Hammer Time
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Dec 2, 2010, 1:22 PM

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That is a broken steel belt in the tire and needs to be removed from the truck ASAP.


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Dec 2, 2010, 1:26 PM

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Thank you very, very much!

Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 3, 2010, 4:39 AM

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To add: Get the new tires first than get a quality alignment and replace any worn front end parts. Alignments will be much more accurate with even tires all around and get the most out of the new tires. Rotate them on a schedule. Unless the new tires state not to I find rotating front to rear (keep track) then FL to RR and FR to RR next and keep that up. I'd inspect brakes at the same time as they can cause a vehicle to pull but probably not the cause of the strange wear now. One spot does suggest that tire has it's own problem as Hammer said.

Remember - of all any vehicle has for ability is limited to the contact of rubber to the road and the condition of them,


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