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Old 04-05-2008, 12:11 PM   #1
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Excessive inside rear tire wear

I drive a '95 V6 mustang and I am getting really excessive wear on the insides of my rear tires. It seems like there is too much negative camber, but I didn't think you could adjust camber on a live rear axle so I'm not sure about that. My other theory is a bent axle or bad control arm bushings. Also, I don't know if it matters, but I'm got 245/45/17 tires on GT rims.

Do you guys have any ideas?
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

are you carrying a lot of weight around? or have big wheel spacers in? or both?
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

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are you carrying a lot of weight around? or have big wheel spacers in? or both?
Neither.
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

Any other ideas?

Could it be bad rear control arm bushings? Is there any way to tell the state of the bushings by looking at them? I got under my car today and I couldn't tell.

Also, I am sometimes getting a vibration while accelerating, and it feels like it could be coming from the rear.
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

I doubt it's a bent axle unless you've recently took it "off roading". It takes quite a bit to bend one of those sobs.
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

How exactly is it wearing? is it just going bald faster on the inside than out?

is it feathering the inside or outside? If you were able to measure (or use a coin or something, as a reference point..) would you say its most worn on the absolute inner tread, or more towards the middle? Is it worn on the inside on both sides?

and lastly.. how many miles on the tires/are they rotated at all?
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How exactly is it wearing? is it just going bald faster on the inside than out?

is it feathering the inside or outside? If you were able to measure (or use a coin or something, as a reference point..) would you say its most worn on the absolute inner tread, or more towards the middle? Is it worn on the inside on both sides?

and lastly.. how many miles on the tires/are they rotated at all?
They are going bald faster on the insides. And the left rear is going out faster than the right (so obviously not due to my driving style since I don't have an LSD).

I would say that the left is completely bald from the edge to about halfway across the tread, and the right is slightly less than completely bald in the same pattern. I will take some pics in the light tommorow maybe.

I haven't even had the tires long enough to require rotation yet....I would say I have had them 3000 miles....if that...

They are Continental ContiExtremeTracs, 245/45/17's, btw. The fronts are not wearing abnormally at all.
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

Completely bald on the edge from brand new within 3000 miles?? jesus.. I can't even begin to think what would wear it out that fast on the inside only on a solid rear
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

I got one last Idea but highly unlikely.

wheel lugs tight?

they would have come off by 3000 miles but loose lugs cause vibration. and could cause a little camber in the tires. but they would have come of completly by 3000 miles .
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I got one last Idea but highly unlikely.

wheel lugs tight?

they would have come off by 3000 miles but loose lugs cause vibration. and could cause a little camber in the tires. but they would have come of completly by 3000 miles .
Actually, there's a thought, worn axle bearings could cause the axle to ride high when the car's on the ground, could cause a vibration, but I couldn't see it wearing tires out in 3000 miles, as badly as is being described
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

Is the car lowered?
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

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Is the car lowered?
Even if it's lowered, you can't adjust a solid rear....and with all the available drops, it's not enough to mess up the alignment to wear tires as quick as he's saying.......when you drop a solid rear, you'll most likely have to worry about pinion angle more than alignment
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Even if it's lowered, you can't adjust a solid rear....and with all the available drops, it's not enough to mess up the alignment to wear tires as quick as he's saying.......when you drop a solid rear, you'll most likely have to worry about pinion angle more than alignment
I know all of that, but I was just think that it could be a combination of problems causing the excessive wear...Sounds to me like it's not just one thing....If they are wearing as bad as he says, he probably has 4 or 5 things causing the tires to ride on the insides much more than the outsides...
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

I have this exact same problem on my 02 v6 it has cobra 18inch rims and is lowered two inches
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Re: Excessive inside rear tire wear

if you lower your car without correcting the alignment (just because the shop says they aligned it doesnt mean they did as from the factory there are no adjustments for camber) you will wear the inside of your tire due to the geometry of the front suspension.

With that said some caster/camber plates suck and some are good, these are needed to correct the alignment. Other options would be wobble bolts for the knuckle etc but C/C plates are the best way to go.
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