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Old 07-28-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
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Question Alignment for dummies

Missing regularly scheduled tire maintenance is bad. I'm the kind of person who loves barreling down the highway after tire service. But I did miss a few rotations and alignments (lack of funds). Now, the outside inch of the front tires are going bald; otherwise, they still have very little wear after 32,000 miles. I took them over to Town Fair, and they refused to rotate or realign them, or even sell me two new front tires, instead pitching a set of four.

(Quick history: This pair of tires are worn on the outside, the previous set wore evenly, and the set before that were down to the mesh on the inside.)

New tires: Eventually, of course. (Maybe some new wheels, too.) But do I really need four new tires when the rears still have sharp tread?

Rotation: Are these tires still safe to rotate? If so, should I swap the fronts and rears? Or is it possible to turn the tires around so that the balding is on the inside?

More importantly, alignment: What can I do about my camber? I've learned a lot about cars, but what'* between my drivetrain and my brakes is still a mystery to me.
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there'* nothing wrong at all about buying two tires at a time. and from the sounds of it, rotating the tires isn't going to help much either. the idea of "flipping" them so the bald sections are on the inside is a decent one.... until you account for having to unmount, remount, rebalance, then stick them back on.

you need some new rubber, and an alignment VERY shortly after. this happened on the monte TWICE in 5K miles...it turns out the rear struts were junk and caused a similar condition, except it wore the inside edge. since i'm not a suspension guy, this kind of thing never really dawned on me, and it cost a few hundred dollars more than it should have...
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Can't do too much about the chamber all you can do is bring it to get professionally done.
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Get a alignment done. And no, you do not need to buy 4 new tires. They are trying to push a sale. Insist on 2 tires only or you go someplace else. Wal-Mart has good prices on tires. I bought a pair last year, they didn't even care that I wanted the new set on the front when Firestone would only put the new set on the rear.
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More importantly, alignment: What can I do about my camber? I've learned a lot about cars, but what'* between my drivetrain and my brakes is still a mystery to me.
Them there things would be called the axles

You shouldn't need 4 new tires. The only time you must have 4 is when you have a 4wd or all wheel drive vehicle or your other two tires are bad like the first two.

Got any pics of how worn the tires are? Kinda sounds like they were trying to seperate you and your wallet from the money it in.
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Got any pics of how worn the tires are? Kinda sounds like they were trying to seperate you and your wallet from the money it in.
Attached picture is the left front tire; the right front is worn in the same spot. I've checked them out (without taking them off), and aside from needing a good cleaning, that'* the only apparent sign of wear.

Rear tires are like I took two from a tire shop, rolled them in dirt, and put them on my car.
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that'* how the tires on the GP are looking too....

i attribute it to my agressive driving style though, since with FWD and a lot of front bias, fast corners REALLY scrubs off the tread.
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Hows the air pressure? it looks a little low..
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Hows the air pressure? it looks a little low..
Three tires (fronts and rear right) were fine. The rear left was down by 0.5 psi. Filled that and the spare back to factory specs.
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