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Old 01-18-2011, 03:22 PM
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tire wear???

i have a 1990 chevy k1500 4x4 pickup, the driver front tire is wearing the outside edge off, i found the idler arm bad (replaced it), the pitmen arm is alittle worn, so what eles could i look for guys?...thanx

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Old 01-18-2011, 03:28 PM
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Probably just needs checked and a alignment. JMO Have you hit anything in it ? Sounds like it has to much positive camber . JMO Or could be a lower control arm bent or needs bushings. I would take it to a shop and put it on a machine.IMHO


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What kind of tires do you have on it? May I suggest you take it in for an alignment now that you have replaced some parts. If there is anything else wrong or worn, the tech. will tell you what needs replacing before they can guarantee the alignment. This way, it's your choice to either replace the parts yourself and take it back, or if it doesn't cost too much get them to do it. Just replacing parts doesn't bring it back to proper alignment specifications and it will need it anyway.
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havent hit anything, 31-10.5-15 BFG A/T, on 10'' wheels, and im going to wait till i get some more tires b4 i take it to get it lined up, hopeing by next week.....
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I recently had a tire break a belt and wear on the outside While your at it you might want to check the tie rods and ball joints.
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It sounds to me like to much toe-in. on lifted trucks with bigger tires I've found that just setting the toe with a tape measure gets it close enough. I've got a CJ-7 with 33 12.5's and an 84 Chevy 3/4 ton with 33 12.5's and I've just always set the toe in about 1/8th of an inch and never had any tire wear issues. The way I do it is i measure the distance from the outside edge of one tire to the outside edge of the other tire in the front of the tires and then the rear of the tires the front measurement should be about 1/8 inch shorter than the back. If not adjust tie rods.
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the alignment guy, will let you know if anything else that you might have missed, needs replaced.
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Just out of curiosity, how many miles did you get on the tires before you noticed the wear?

It has been my experience that the wider the tire the more susceptible it is to wear on the edges and, the more miles you have on the front end compared to when the truck was new, the less miles you will get on a new set.

Most (80%) of people won't get their vehicle's alignment checked until they start to notice the wear and by then, it's too late as the tire wear has already started due to out of alignment and worn parts. Just replacing a tie rod here and a idler arm there, isn't good enough. If one tie rod is bad, the other is not far behind and so on. Same thing with wheel bearings. I have never replaced a wheel bearing on one side and not done the other.
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im actually runing a under size tire, the fac tire is 265-75-16, around 32" tall, the tie rods looked good, the ball joints looked good, it has new axles in the front (both sides), the truck is not lifted, and it has over 221k miles on the truck, i bought the two tires on the front used but they had great tread on them and no uneven wear, iv got about 10-16k miles on them, the pass side still looks great, i run 35-36psi in them....thanx
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How often do you rotate them. Frequent rotation can double tire life.
I would check all the front end components at take it to a reputable alignment shop and have it aligned. If there are any issues with the front end they will tell you as it can not be aligned with work parts.
I would stay away from the NTB, Midas and those types of shops. There alignment guys usually come and go and most dont really understand how to do a proper alignment. A lot of them will just set the tow and ship it. In your case it sounds like a camber issue
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Most vehicles gain positive camber on the outside wheel when tuning. If regular rotations are not done it will accelerate the wear on the outside edges of your front tires.
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