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Old 10-12-2008, 11:51 PM   #1
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Question Premature rear tire wear

I've got a 92 SE. I think I'm running the same size 4 tires all around, not sure, cars not in front of me right now. I am hearing a tire squealing sound when turning right at even a slow speed like 10-15 mi. Also the rear tires were recently replaced, and were worn down on the inner edge.

* Do I need/can I get just a rear wheel alignment, should I get a 4 wheel, would just a front wheel alignment do the trick?

* I also have a problem, I guess with the tie rods, I am hearing a repeated clicking noise when making a hard right turn. Would this (or any other problem) prevent a successful alignment? I just want to keep the back tires from wearing way too fast.

* Can a non-gear-head automotive idiot like me do a rear wheel alignment, or make any kind of adjustment to improve the situation and if so how would I go about it.

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For multiple questions here are multiple answers at least my opinion. If you look at these lines / \ and picture them as your rear tires looking from the rear that is most likely why they are wearing out quickly, there are rear struts that could also be the cause. Yes you could get a rear wheel alignment seperatly but by the sounds of it, it may be a temp fix. The sounds from the front end sounds like either the drivers side or passenger side drive axle/cv joints going bad (probably already are), and it would need to be replaced before a front end alignment as well as the tie rod ends. Once those parts are replaced get a 4 wheel alignment and you car should track pretty darn straight and wear even on the tires. I would suggest an alignment by a professional as they have the correct measuring tools and in the long run be less of a headache. Factory tire size for my SSE is 225/60/16 as is most of the GM models this size but you should your owners guide or at least google that topic for your specific size. Hope this helps a little.
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I agree, have a alignment done by someone else I would also add that you should check your tire pressure. That could be the reason why your hearing a squeal when you make a turn.
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