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Old 05-05-2012, 10:29 PM   #1
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Diagonal Tire Wear on "new" car?

Loud and lots of vibration while driving; here's why...



2011 Ford Focus SE sedan at 29,500 miles. This is the driver side rear tire. Passenger side seems better; but not good. I have seen where some of you have taken your cars in for a new alignment. Is that something Ford picked up for you or did you come out of pocket for that? No problem here either way, just would like to know what the rest of you have faced on this.

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If these are the original tires, then it is definitely time for replacement. I would research tire options to fit your needs and get them and do an alignment. I doubt Ford would warranty tires with 30,000 miles on them and or the alignment at 30,000 miles as it could easily be argued it is not a manufacturer defect. But I would definitely want to know that new tires and an alignment fixed my issue prior to running out of warranty.
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Looks like a toe problem... drivers side is too positive. it pretty much acts like the rubber eraser dragging across a desk, its where it will get worn.

it is probably at the maximum positive number or somewhere just outside of it, so its not terrible but after enough time it can wear them like that.

Expect to pay for both tires and alignment. At least toe is easily adjusted.
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Alignment is considered maintenance after the first 12 mos or 12,000 mi. Whichever comes first. Even that would be a one time only. Plus they will ask for documentation of proper tire rotations. Pretty much industry standard.
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I have had this same problem (same wheel) for 3 sets of tires and 4 alignments.
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Thanks guys. Have a great rest of the weekend.
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Loud and lots of vibration while driving; here's why...


2011 Ford Focus SE sedan at 29,500 miles. This is the driver side rear tire. Passenger side seems better; but not good. I have seen where some of you have taken your cars in for a new alignment. Is that something Ford picked up for you or did you come out of pocket for that? No problem here either way, just would like to know what the rest of you have faced on this.

Thanks,
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I had the same issue with 30,000 miles on car. I found a thread on here about the rear upper control arm and ordered an adjustable one. The replacement part that Ford sells it slightly shorter but might not be enough to get your toe below where Ford says your alignment should be and actually fix the problem.

Basically my mechanic told me the alignment specs for our car will increase rear tire wear because of the extra toe. So I found an adjustable one made by Moog, it costs like $80 but its way cheaper than new tires. Finding a good mechanic that knows what is in spec versus what will keep your tires from permature wear is the key.
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also check your shocks too. may be deffective.
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