new tire question

vipergg

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Dec 7, 2011
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About 3 months ago I noticed some pretty good wear on the inside edges of a couple of the tires. I took it in and had an alignment done but it was too little too late . I just had 4 new Dunlop Rover HT's put on. Will the alignment be ok for the new tires or do I have to have this redone? took it on a trip this weekend and everything seems ok at all speeds . No shaking at any speeds , tracks straight and the steering wheel is straight. So the question is my 3 month alignment for the new set of tires ok ? Love the tires so far, very quiet.Much quieter than the OEM Continental Contratracs that came on the vehicle from the factory.
 

The_Roadie

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Changing tires doesn't affect alignment.
 

vipergg

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the roadie said:
Changing tires doesn't affect alignment.

Thanks Roadie , that's good to know. The tires were more than enough $$$$$ :biggrin:
 

gmcman

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Check your ball joints for wear. Lift each front tire by the lower control arm and use a prybar under the tire and lift up, observe the lower ball joint. The uppper ball joint can be checked by grasping the tire at the 12 & 6 O'clock and moving in and out.

I was shocked at how much my lower joint was worn.
 

vipergg

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gmcman said:
Check your ball joints for wear. Lift each front tire by the lower control arm and use a prybar under the tire and lift up, observe the lower ball joint. The uppper ball joint can be checked by grasping the tire at the 12 & 6 O'clock and moving in and out.

I was shocked at how much my lower joint was worn.

I would hope they aren't worn out at 40000 miles.
 

gmcman

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vipergg said:
I would hope they aren't worn out at 40000 miles.

I wouldn't think so either but that's a decent amount of miles for a near 5000 lb vehicle not having suspension issues.

You stated both the inside of the front tires are worn, that's a suspension issue/excessive negative camber. How often do you rotate your tires? Should be every 4-5K miles max.
 

vipergg

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gmcman said:
I wouldn't think so either but that's a decent amount of miles for a near 5000 lb vehicle not having suspension issues.

You stated both the inside of the front tires are worn, that's a suspension issue/excessive negative camber. How often do you rotate your tires? Should be every 4-5K miles max.

Right thats why I had it aligned about 4 months ago before the new tires , I believe they mentioned something about the camber at the time . Rotations were usually between 6-7K miles . I usually try to keep up with the rotations, have free rotations and balance from Goodyear on the new ones that I bought, Dunlop Rover Ht's .
 

JerryIrons

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Dec 20, 2011
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The thing is, if you bad suspension parts, like a bad tie rod, or bad ball joints, whatever alignment you had done isn't worth anything because you had a loose suspension. So if you end up having to replace any suspension, you'll have to get it re-aligned.
 

jrSS

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Usually a good shop will not do an alignment if you've got bad suspension parts. ( ball joints..tierod ect).
 

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