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Old 02-19-2008, 08:28 PM   #1
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uneven tire wear

my 03 focus has 16-7.5 aftermarket wheels with pirelli rubber 205/50/16
rubber...offset 42
The problem i have is...the inside edge of the passenger front tire is wearing
prematurely...while the other tires are wearing normal and even all around

should i do an alignment?....why isn't the driver side wearing out unevenly
i would appreciate some advice....thanks


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Old 02-19-2008, 08:34 PM   #2
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Tire pressue? (lol weeasp would be proud) But seriously. Is the tire pressure alright? If so then ya its probably an alignment issue.
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yep yep, check those pressures somewhat regularly. if its only one tire, that very well could be the problem. and anyways, that's an easy check and fix it is the case, before you spend money on an alignment.
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The suspension is independent to a degree (not like a wagon with a single solid axle). As such one wheel can be out of alignment while the others remain within spec. Bouncing off or sliding into a curb is an easy way to cause a one wheel problem. Yes an alignment will tell you if its out of spec. Call around, a number of places will do a free initial reading and only charge you if they have to correct any settings. Know the full cost of the alignment before you go to such a place.
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i keep the pressure at about 35....when the pressure is around 30...the handling gets a
little squirmy and sluggish...so yeah i probably need to take it to a shop and spend some money....it's cheaper than buying tires every 10k miles
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what is the number the tag on the door say to keep it at? 34?
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what is the number the tag on the door say to keep it at? 34?
The door tag says 32 psi...but that's for the stockers 195/60/15 with
15-6 wide rims ...am currently running 16-7.5...it's a little bit of a stretch
for the 205/50/16's....the wheels are 1 1/2 inch wider than stock....maybe thats the reason for the uneven wear
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I doubt that the extra rim width is the cause of the wear.

If it's only wearing excessively on one side of the tire, it's your alignment. But if both the inside and outside are wearing a bit quickly, then your pressure is too low.

Like mentioned before, go somewhere they will check it for free and only charge you to put it back in spec.
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205 on a 7.5 inch wheel is stretching it, eh? 215 would probably be a better fit.
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