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Old 12-17-2006, 09:09 AM   #1
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Please Help, what is wrong with my tires/car?

See below for pictures of the 18 tires I just took off my car. I probably drove them about 10 - 15,000 miles. The back tires have some pretty nasty wear on the inside of the tire and especially the back right has a huge groove on the inside... What do you think causes this and is there soemthing wrong with my car? (alignment?)
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Old 12-17-2006, 06:34 PM   #2
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I just found the same thing when I put my new rims on. From the outside they looked worn, but not thread bare. Inside, the tires were down to nothing. On the right side belts were even showing. It could have been very dangerous. Maybe the rear end needs aligning.
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If it's not the aligment, it's the rear lower control arms or the rear bushings. You are looking around $500 to fix it.
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Old 12-19-2006, 06:34 PM   #4
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My car just hit 22K miles. Hope it isn't control arm issues this soon. Would both wheels become out of alignment equally at the same time? I was behind an X5 today and it also seemed to have the tires angle in at the top. Perhaps it is a performance feature?
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Old 12-24-2006, 07:58 AM   #5
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Any other ideas? Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:13 PM   #6
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rear tire wear on the inside is due to camber. is your car lowered? did you do an alignment after you put the new tires on?

as for the groove, is your tire rubbing on something perhaps? what about your tire pressure? is it checked often and kept up?
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rear tire wear on the inside is due to camber. is your car lowered? did you do an alignment after you put the new tires on?

as for the groove, is your tire rubbing on something perhaps? what about your tire pressure? is it checked often and kept up?

My car isn't lowered and I took it to the dealer to have them align it, but they said I needed new upper control arms? After I did that, they aligned it but that was only a couple months ago. I can't imagine the tires would wear like that in 2 months. I don't think the tire is rubbing on anything either. I also check my tire pressure once a month. I think it just might be time for new tires...

By the way, I still LOVE the rims... I get compliments on them on a weekly basis! Thanks!
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:41 PM   #8
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Thats the oddest wear I have ever seen. I have seen the inside of a tire wear badly due to bad alignment and camber, but nothing like that. THat groove is just odd.
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Thats the oddest wear I have ever seen. I have seen the inside of a tire wear badly due to bad alignment and camber, but nothing like that. THat groove is just odd.
Hmmm... Do you think it was defective tires? Or is there something wrong with the car that is causing this wear pattern... I'm afraid to get new tires now. I don't want to spend tons of money on good tires and have this happen to them also... I wonder if the guys @ tire rack would know anything... Please help. Thanks!
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