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post #1 of 7 Old 12-31-2001, 09:47 AM
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My Jeep Wrangler just turn 3000 miles, I took it to the jeep dealer closer to my location to do the 3000 miles service (as per the manual: oil change and tire rotation) and they recommend me not to rotate the tires yet, but to wait another 3000 miles, so I did. 4 days later I notice a particular wear in both front tires the tires wear with and edge on the ouside of the threads, towards the front of the vehicle. I took it to the dealer who sold me the truck, they say that wearing is normal, and to avoid damage on the tires recommended a rotation.
Is that wearing truly normal or may be due to a alignemt problem? Should I expect a perfect tire wearing on the front tires the same as at the rear tires?
Other thing the dealer said was that hitting any rock when doing off-roading will throw the aligment off, is that true?

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-31-2001, 10:37 AM
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The wear on the outside of the tire tread is normal to a degree. It will be more than the rest of the tire but the rest of the tire should be uniform wear. If both front tires have the same wear then it is likely just normal wear. Your alignment will be off as the tires wear and rotating them will help straighten the alignment. I know this cuz I did it. you may even experience steering wheel shaking at different speeds if your alignment is off. Again, rotating will help this problem (if experiencing). So I guess I am suggesting, a tire rotation!?.
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I agree that some wear is normal. but noticible wear at 3K doesn't sound right. Unless your hittin turns like an F1 driver, I mean, ****, that's only 6% of a 50K tire life. I'll admit I don't know jack about tire life but if its already noticibly uneven now, just think where it'll be at 30K miles. I'd look at other low mileage Jeeps. If it is a problem and you just rotate them, you'll be ruining 5 tires. But then again you'll have a good excuse to go bigger.

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-04-2002, 08:36 PM
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How much difference are we talking here? A little bit difference between the front and rear is normal. That's primarily why you rotate. Also, it is not true that offroading will cause your alignment to be off. At least not anything but severe offroading. But then we're talking about damaging things that affect alignment. Jeep YJ alignments are about as basic as alignments come. It's very simple and a very stable setup.

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take some pics of the front & rear tires and send them to my email. I work on the weekends at an NTB tire shop and I can tell you what is up with your tires.

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-09-2002, 07:39 PM
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I had uneven tire wear, with 7000km, alignment was fine, the camber was within jeep specs. After alot of running around (2 dealers) i got the following things fixed: the first dealer said that they put an offset balljoint in the front driverside (which had the worst tread of all 4 tires) and that fixed the problem.
but i had noticed that measuring from the flair to the ground, one side (the right) was higher than the other by an inch!!!
i freaked out. i though the frame was crooked, both dealerships said that this wasn't the case, it turned out to be that the body wasn't bolted on the frame exactly right and that's why the difference of an inch in hight. this might be irelavent to the tire tread, but again tha weught distribution of the frame was not what it should have been, so that might have been the initial problem... now at 17000km tire trad is perfect.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-10-2002, 01:37 AM
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If you're cooking around corners the wear on the outside is normal. If you drive like my mom, there should be no tire wear at all. The first dealer was trying to avoid doing anything that would take up mechanic time. Jerks. What did they charge for the oil change, if you don't mind me asking?
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