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Unread 04-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Tire Wearing

I just rotated the tires on my '12 Overland and noticed that left rear tire is wearing the outside edge compared to the other tires. Does the rear suspension have adjustments to align the wheels because to me it appears not to, also when it goes for an alignment do I have to disable the lift?

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Unread 04-05-2013, 12:37 AM   #2
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I just rotated the tires on my '12 Overland and noticed that left rear tire is wearing the outside edge compared to the other tires. Does the rear suspension have adjustments to align the wheels because to me it appears not to, also when it goes for an alignment do I have to disable the lift?
It does have adjustments for alignment in the rear for camber and toe. Hopefully the alignment shop will know how to put it in sport mode.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 07:18 AM   #3
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It does have adjustments for alignment in the rear for camber and toe. Hopefully the alignment shop will know how to put it in sport mode.
Please tell me why you would want it in sport mode for alignment?
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Unread 04-05-2013, 07:25 AM   #4
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I just rotated the tires on my '12 Overland and noticed that left rear tire is wearing the outside edge compared to the other tires. Does the rear suspension have adjustments to align the wheels because to me it appears not to, also when it goes for an alignment do I have to disable the lift?
I believe QL does need to be disabled for alignment. From owners manual QL section:
"Wheel Alignment Mode:
Before performing a wheel alignment this mode must be
enabled. Refer to “Uconnect® Access Settings” in “Understanding
Your Instrument Panel” for further information."
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Unread 04-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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Still under warranty

You might want to consider going to the dealer if your GC is still under warranty since it might be a parts failure. A 2012 shouldnt be out of alignment.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 12:41 PM   #6
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Please tell me why you would want it in sport mode for alignment?
According to the 2011 service manual, the alignment should be set while vehicle is in sport mode. The specs are set up for the sport mode ride height. Dunno about other years.
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According to the 2011 service manual, the alignment should be set while vehicle is in sport mode. The specs are set up for the sport mode ride height. Dunno about other years.
That's interesting. Lots of things to keep in mind for an alignment. I'm swapping out tires as soon as mine is delivered, so I'll want the alignment checked when the new ones are put on. I'll have to make sure my tire guys alignment specialist checks all of this out.

Just thinking, sport mode on the '14 GC is selected with the shift lever, not the terrain selection knob, so that can't be selected for an alignment, but I'll have to ask dealer service about that.
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Can not find anywhere in the '12 Manual about alignment.
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Can not find anywhere in the '12 Manual about alignment.
I checked the '12 manual and also couldn't find anything about QL and alignment. Looks like you need to contact your dealer. It should be under warranty, and they should take care of it. Even if that particular problem isn't covered they should be able to check and align it.
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You might want to consider going to the dealer if your GC is still under warranty since it might be a parts failure. A 2012 shouldnt be out of alignment.
99.9% of all new vehicles are out of alignment as soon as they are unloaded off the transport and all due to being strapped down real tight on that trailer/train.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 08:12 PM   #11
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Can not find anywhere in the '12 Manual about alignment.
Did you check the service manual? It wouldn't be in the owners manual.
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99.9% of all new vehicles are out of alignment as soon as they are unloaded off the transport and all due to being strapped down real tight on that trailer/train.
Are you making that up? My WJ has been within alignment since it came off the truck and for 160,000 miles now. Our Liberty has been on the nose, and so has my WK2. Even our Aveo went lasted 50,000 miles but due to an accident.
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Are you making that up? My WJ has been within alignment since it came off the truck and for 160,000 miles now. Our Liberty has been on the nose, and so has my WK2. Even our Aveo went lasted 50,000 miles but due to an accident.
I do at least one alignment on a new vehicle,less then 25 miles on it,every week and they are never in and some angles are out that are not adjustable by OE parts(caster being a big one).These vehicles are pretty much driven straight from the dealership to the shop I work at.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 03:58 PM   #14
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I booked it into the dealer for an alignment, I first had a one booked at a tire place but thought the dealer might be a better choice since it is the Overland.
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I do at least one alignment on a new vehicle,less then 25 miles on it,every week and they are never in and some angles are out that are not adjustable by OE parts(caster being a big one).These vehicles are pretty much driven straight from the dealership to the shop I work at.
I sold my 2006 Honda Element it at 102,000 miles on it and it never had it aligned and tires always wore evenly. Interesting that this dealership doesnt have its own alignment set up. Many manufacturers require their dealerships
to have the ability to do alignments etc.

Now bubba before you do these alignments you make sure the vehicle has half a tank of gas at least and then you weight the driver's seat to approximate the weight of any average male right? I prefer to have my alignments done with me in the drivers seat but thats just a bad habit from being a crew chief when I did alignments at the track. Didnt need a $40K alignment system etc. Always had my track day cars aligned with me in it.

Might be interesting some day to check the corner weights of my GC.
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