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Old 08-22-2012, 04:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
markweatherill
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Question Wheel alignment and tyre wear

My car has a slightly bent tie-rod on the driver's side.
It hasn't been a problem other than the steering wheel being off-centre and a slight pull to the left.
I recently noticed some slight uneven tread wear on the driver's side front tyre, at the outer edge. I checked the wheel alignment and it was out a little, so I corrected it.

Now the tyre has started wearing more on the outer edge.

I think that although the front wheels are now to spec in the straight ahead position, and the car does feel better for it, the bent tie-rod is causing 'toe-in on turn' which is causing the tread wear.
The previously incorrect alignment must have been compensating for this.

Does this sound right?

(I'm going to replace the bent tie rod now, after putting it off so long, and hope all becomes well)

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