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Old 05-01-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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Alignment gurus please

Today I replaced my Zero Nero's with Cooper RSA-3's. The car has 25,000 miles on it. I have been experiencing a weird noise for about 5000 miles and even took the car in for service. It was sort of a wheel bearing or brake noise - I could not quite put my finger on it. They said they didn't hear or feel anything out of the ordinary (typical). I realized a couple of weeks ago that the inside edge of the right front tire was wearing especially badly. Here is how it looked when the tires were changed today.



As a result of this wear, I had an alignment done. When they got it on the rack, the tech told me that everything lined up and no alignment was needed. I'll post a copy of the alignment printout later today.

Long story short - after getting the new tires and driving a little bit, I realized that the noise was gone. Could the tire itself have not only caused the noise but also the wear as well? If the alignment is good, is there something else I should have examined that could cause this condition? I don't want to ruin another set of tires!
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Looks like inner aver wear to me. Did the shop give you a print out of what the alignment specs look like? If so could you post it up?

Did the tires look like they are "cupping" like they have peaks and valleys on the tread? Here's a picture as an example. Did the noise sound kind of like how semis do when they're going past on the highway? Kind of that throbbing noise they make, along with trucks with really aggressive off road tires
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Did you rotate your tires and if you did did you only rotate them front to back because you should take the fronts and cross them to the rear and being the rears straight up most times on a solid rear vehicle
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Here is the alignment report

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Damn whoever adjusted your toe sure did a crappy job. Do you notice any pull to the right or is the steering wheel off? Your camber looks pretty decent as far as I can tell
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They did not adjust it. They checked it and all was within specs so they left it alone and provided me with the printout. Could this have caused the inner side wear that I had? I would have thought that since it does appear to me to be within specs, that the tire wear would not have occurred. Should I have it checked and aligned elsewhere?
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