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Old 09-03-2013, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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My wife's right rear tire is making some noise, and has some weird wear. The outside of the tire is worn past the tread, but if you look a little further down and there is quit a bit of tread left. This is the only on the outside of the tire. The suspension doesn't have any bounce, the ride is smooth, and everything handles nice. The shock in the back looks fine, probably could stand replacement but doesn't look bad.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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It's possible that some part of the rear suspension is bent. It wouldn't be the first time a trailing arm was bent, or some bushing was worn or missing.

If it was my car, I'd take it in for a 4-wheel alignment. Without doing that, it's kind of hard to do anything more than guess.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: WA
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Troubleshooting requires the type of car.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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The type of tread wear that the OP describes is usually indicative of a camber problem.
A 4-wheel alignment is the next step, and if worn or damaged suspension components are part of the problem, a good alignment shop should be able to detect that while doing the alignment.

Of course, I am assuming that this mystery vehicle has IRS.

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Old 09-03-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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Put the car on a jack and give it a wiggle, could be a wheel bearing going, but then again....I think the wheel would just fly off the stub axle if that were the case.

But this is all worthless with the make and model of the car.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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The type of tread wear that the OP describes is usually indicative of a camber problem.
A 4-wheel alignment is the next step, and if worn or damaged suspension components are part of the problem, a good alignment shop should be able to detect that while doing the alignment.

Of course, I am assuming that this mystery vehicle has IRS.


Sorry, it's a 2002 Dodge Neon which I think is IRS.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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could be a bent rear beam too if its ever been hit, or a curb or something
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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2002 Neon was an indepenadant rear suspension. Like others have said, take it for a 4 wheel alignment.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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The type of tread wear that the OP describes is usually indicative of a camber problem.
A 4-wheel alignment is the next step, and if worn or damaged suspension components are part of the problem, a good alignment shop should be able to detect that while doing the alignment.

Of course, I am assuming that this mystery vehicle has IRS.

it doesnt have to be IRS to have an issue with camber wear in the rear. a bent axle housing can also cause that problem. in the old days(the 80s in this case) when nascar teams were experimenting with cambered rear ends, they had the same tire wear, on the right rear since that side was the one where the housings were bent to get some camber. you can get a fair amount of negative or positive camber before you start having bearing problems.
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