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My O/S front tyre is wearing on inside edge severely, the rest of the tyre looks great but the inside edge has no tread at all. I took it to get the tracking done yesterday and it was only fractionaly out, the guy adjusted it anyway. The symptoms are: If I drive along without holding the steering wheel it pulls slightly to the left and turns the steering wheel slightly. If I hold steering wheel straight the car pulls slightly to the right. The car has just been through its MOT, so I think all the obvious should be O.K. The car hasnt bee lowered or anything and still has origional 16" wheels. Ive just got a set of 17" of sarge but dont want to fit them untill I get this sorted. Anyone got any ideas.:alco:
 

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where did u get ur tracking done, don't trust places like kwik fit/budget take it somewhere a lil more specialist. And ask them to look at ur camber although ur car passed it's mot, dont mean it couldnt have happened more recently one good pot hole at just the ryt speed can cause all kinds of problems
 

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I had those figures in the car, althogh the guy didnt use them, he seemed to know what they should have been, it was done at Mconechy's in Saltcoat's, I dont think its due to hitting a pothole as when the guy checked the tracking it was only fractionaly out, he adjusted the N/S slightly, but the problem is still the same with regard's the steering, obviously I cant tell yet if tyre is still wearing on inside, but I assume it will.
 

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Is it just that 1 tyre thats wearing? a car will drift slightly to the left as it is following the camber of the road, if it dives off sharply when you let go of the wheel then there is a problem. Could it be that your steering wheel is out of line so that when you hold the wheel straight as it were, you are actually steering to the right? A worn ball joint could cause wear to the inside of the tyre tread, i've seen some where there is no play at all when the roadwheel is shook side to side, but when a bar was used against the bottom arm and hub there was mega free play. The inner edge of that tyre was worn bald too. Remember an m.o.t test asses the condition of the vehicle at that particular point in time.
 

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Is it just that 1 tyre thats wearing? a car will drift slightly to the left as it is following the camber of the road, if it dives off sharply when you let go of the wheel then there is a problem. Could it be that your steering wheel is out of line so that when you hold the wheel straight as it were, you are actually steering to the right? A worn ball joint could cause wear to the inside of the tyre tread, i've seen some where there is no play at all when the roadwheel is shook side to side, but when a bar was used against the bottom arm and hub there was mega free play. The inner edge of that tyre was worn bald too. Remember an m.o.t test asses the condition of the vehicle at that particular point in time.
The MOT was only carried out about ten days ago, the guy advised me on the tyre and I asked what could have caused this, he thought tracking and said everything looked O.K. I believe him because you know garages if theres a costly problem theyll find it. :drivin:
 

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should also have added, it will pull slightly somtimes as if it is the camber of the road is pulling it, but slightest bump and it pulls sharper. And the N/S tyre is only worn slightly more on the inside than across the width, I think this is normal due to heavy cornering,
 

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i would have said heavy cornering would wear the outer edge of the tyres.
Try swapping the wheels round front to back. N/S/F to O/S/R and so. If your tyres are rotational just swap the same side front to back. See if that makes any difference to the way the car drives. Also thinking about what you said about the guy adjusting tracking, really you should adjust both sides i.e half a turn either side steering arm, instead of 1 full turn on 1 side only. other wise you could make matters worse.
 

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I assume he adjusted one side only because when steering wheel in the middle position only the N/S wheel was fractionally off. I was trying to get a look at what he was doing but he was very quick, he shouldve been in the A-team.
 

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We have a similar problem with ours atm,And whilst looking at the gearbox issue the mechanic saw the worn tyre and said it could be down to the Steering rack bushes,As there really badly worn.
Just a thought.Sorry if already mentioned half awake after being woke up, due to Police helicopter whizzing around outside.
 

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Im curious now, im sure it was you who had the same problem as me with the auto gearbox shifting down at higher speeds unnecessarily. It seems strange we have both the same faults. but I cant think of a reason how they could be connected as the cars are rear wheel drive.
 

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gothgaluk I think that sounds more likely teh problem, question is what doe sit cost to get the steering rack bushes changed? I have hit a few nasty potholes, completely unavoidable but I will try teh tracking first and see what they say, if they say it was out marginally then I will get the steering bushes looked at. I dont want it to **** up my brand new 120 quid tyre!
 

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I just took it over to neill brothers, in kilwinning. I have a split O/S front tracking bush. Anyone reccomend best place to get one.
 

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He also noted that tracking wasnt set up right as there were more threads showing on one side than the other, cant remember which side had most.
 

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Tracking bush? well i havent heard of that before but it could be one of 2 things that i know of, either the rubber boot on the track rod end has split (although this is not an mot fail unless the joint is worn) or it could be the track control arm bush (this wouldnt fail unless it caused excessive movement in the component) If you could get a pic up of the part we could advise better. I would have thought roadrunner off here would have either in stock.
 

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Sorry it the tie rod bush, and Ive not got my box problem sorted yet. is seems worse since I had oil changed.
 

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i havent got a clue which bushes we need,i thought it might be one like on driftworks.
About the box problem i was hoping to change our oil and box filter in the next week or two,not looking forward to it now.If yours got worse.
 

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i havent got a clue which bushes we need,i thought it might be one like on driftworks.
About the box problem i was hoping to change our oil and box filter in the next week or two,not looking forward to it now.If yours got worse.
I replaced mine with ACDelco dexron3, Someone on here had a similar problem and replaced there oil with Fuchs ATF 4000, and said it sorted the problem, I think Ill try again with the Fuchs and this time replace the filter also.
 
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