post #1 of Old 06-20-2001, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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95 Sahara Tire Wear

I test drove a 95 Sahara today. It was beautiful in and out. The only problem is that 3 of the tires are almost new, while the 4th is almost bald. The owner said that the tires were rotated regularly, and purchased at the same time. According to the owner,it needs some sort of adjustment that all Jeeps require at some point. The vehicle did not drift or pull, but it does concern me. Anyone have any idea what the owner was talking about? Thanks in advance....


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post #2 of Old 06-20-2001, 07:46 AM
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The first thing is if it is a front tire that is wearing I would jack up the front and check the ball joints. Is it a front or rear tie that is wearing. This will give me a better indication of where to go with this question!!

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post #3 of Old 06-20-2001, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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That's the thing! I'm not sure where it is wearing from. The worn tire was on the front passenger side, but the owner said that the tires had been rotated regularly. So, basically I have no clue. I am seriously thinking of making an offer on this vehicle, but I don't want to buy a Jeep that will have to have major work done soon after I purchase it.

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My first opinion would be check the ball joints!! Use a tape measure to get a rough check on the alignment. To do this make sure the front tires are straight, on the front side of the front tire, go from the insde of the rim on the left to the inside of the rim on the right staying towards the center. Write down your measurment.. Then do the same on the backside left to right of the front rim. Realisticly there should be no more than 1/4" of difference, if there is more than 1/4" it will need aligned. Hope this wasn't to confusing and helps in your decsicion on this Jeep you are looking at..

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post #5 of Old 06-20-2001, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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So, if it is the ball joint that is bad, how much does something like that cost to fix? Should a bad ball joint discourage me from buying this Jeep? I am really in the dark here...

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post #6 of Old 06-21-2001, 05:29 AM
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Upper and lower ball joint are cheap, about 20 bucks a piece at 2 per side it less than $100 to do both sides. I would do both sides to be safe if this is the problem, should take about 2-2.5 hours to replace. Hope this helps!! Lemme know!!!

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Just ask the guy if you can take the Jeep to a garage to get it checked out. If he has nothing to hide then he wont mind. If he puts up a fuss then leave the Jeep alone and find another one.

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