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Old 06-04-2007, 09:10 AM   #1
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As I posted on the Newmar forum. The Right Front tire outside edge was wearing as was the inside edge of left front. Front end alignment and alignment of the duals/tag resulted in some front end adjustment and a correction on the right rear duals by 3/8 ths of an inch. I was told this was the cause of the unusual tire wear.
I have two questions and would appreciate a response-
1) will the uneven tire wear continue even though the alignment has been corrected?
2) Should I rotate the front tires to the duals or tag axles?
I appreciate your response
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As I posted on the Newmar forum. The Right Front tire outside edge was wearing as was the inside edge of left front. Front end alignment and alignment of the duals/tag resulted in some front end adjustment and a correction on the right rear duals by 3/8 ths of an inch. I was told this was the cause of the unusual tire wear.
I have two questions and would appreciate a response-
1) will the uneven tire wear continue even though the alignment has been corrected?
2) Should I rotate the front tires to the duals or tag axles?
I appreciate your response
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Assuming the diagnosis was correct and the alignment was done correctly, there should be no further uneven wear.

If the fronts are not badly worn on the edges, I would not change them. If the wear is fairly severe, I'd swap them to the tag axle, just to have the best possible tires on the steer axle. A tire failure on a rear tire is a nuisance but a failure on the front wheels can be dangerous.
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Gary, thanks for your response. I had the front end aligned and tires rotated at 10K miles in June 2006. Rotated tires showed same wear pattern and I had a six point alignment done at 18k miles in December 2006. Front was Ok but curb side duals were out by 3/8ths of an inch. I'm hoping things have been done correctly. I will continue to monitor the tires.
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Good luck - it is sometimes hard to find a really competent alignment shop, especially for large rigs. Keep watching those tires!
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I don't know if my experience with a similar issue on a car applies, but here goes.

After the alignment the tires continued to wear in the same spot. A front end tech told me that once a wear pattern develops on a front tire that it will continue to wear the same way, an alignment will not stop the pattern. My one data point supported his statement. The tires in this case had a significant pattern, and it was a car.

I agree with Gary, if the pattern is pronounced, I would swap them to ensure the largest safety margin possible on the front. Knowing that swapping tires is not something you do in the driveway, I would carefully measure the fronts across the width of the tire and record those tread depths. Drive it for a couple of thousand miles and remeasure. If they are wearing evenly based on your first measurements, then my theory is baloney.
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