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Old 10-24-2014, 06:35 PM   #1
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Tire wears out in short order

My right front tire wears out in short order. It will be down to the fabric in about 4,000 miles. I have not had the alignment checked but have replaced the brake backing plate and bearings. I have replaced the tire twice. The other three tires still look new. The tire is worn off about one third of the way from the outer edge but is not worn otherwise which I think is very strange. Suggestions please!
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:02 PM   #2
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It certainly sounds like an alignment or axle problem. Has it been this way since new?

Could indicate bent axle right side, perhaps hub-spindle problem. Right front is the most likely to be affected (curbs on right hand turns or when parking). If the front axle were out of alignment you'd expect wear on the left front tire as well.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for your thought! I bought the 2000 trailer a couple of years ago so I don't know about it coming from the factory with the problem. The PO never went far from home. The alignment was checked with a trammel (yup - out of the 50's). The left front wears normally. Looking at the tire closely it does look a bit scuffed.
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:55 AM   #4
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Alignment or the rear axle is not holding the load and the front is carrying too much.

If the trade was run over something that could cause distorted axle tubes. Have you liked at tubes? Any bend or crease?
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:53 AM   #5
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:18 AM   #6
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Bent or worn axle.....
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:52 AM   #7
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Might just be worth it to have someone replace that axle.
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Old 10-25-2014, 09:16 AM   #8
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I would replace it. It is fourteen years old, while it could be realigned, i.e. Bent, but it is approaching the end of its service life anyway.
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Old 10-25-2014, 09:28 AM   #9
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If the tire is worn evenly across the tread I would concentrate on the brakes dragging.

If the tire is wearing from one side it is alinement.

Take an 8 ft florescent bulb and place it horizontally across the center of the wheels. The bulb should touch each edge of the tires.
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Just my take on the dragging brake.

If a brake is dragging enough to wear out a tire over four thousand miles, it is going to be very, very, hot. Maybe hot enough to catch fire.

99.5% you have an alignment problem.

The axle is either bent or failing. There is no means of adjustment other than having the axle bent.
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Howie's suggestion is quick, easy and should give you a quick indication on the alignment. I don't believe the brakes dragging would cause this issue. It would overheat and toast the shoes before it would wear the tire out.

I have used Howie's tip to do a rough check on toe-in on car alignment and it gives a quick indication.
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Cool Odd Tire Wear

We drove to Alaska 2 Summers ago from Houston. In Steamboat Springs, we noticed that both rear tires had a flat spot worn all the way down to fabric. We replaced the tires. This summer, we drove to Wyomings, and danged if the same two tires didn't have the same wear spot, about 8-9 inces across. What is causing this? ---Art
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We drove to Alaska 2 Summers ago from Houston. In Steamboat Springs, we noticed that both rear tires had a flat spot worn all the way down to fabric. We replaced the tires. This summer, we drove to Wyomings, and danged if the same two tires didn't have the same wear spot, about 8-9 inces across. What is causing this? ---Art
The brakes are locking up the rear wheels and dragging the non rotating tires along the pavement till they are badly flat spotted .

This might be caused by the front axle carrying quite a bit more weight than the rear one , as in a nose down towing configuration , or the front brakes not working or bad out of adjustment .

Do you recall having to shower down on the brakes because of a sudden stop ? The tires will start smoking badly very rapidly , but if your focusing on an event in front of you you might not see it in the mirror .
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The brakes are locking up the rear wheels and dragging the non rotating tires along the pavement till they are badly flat spotted .
This might be caused by the front axle carrying quite a bit more weight than the rear one , as in a nose down towing configuration , or the front brakes not working or bad out of adjustment .

Do you recall having to shower down on the brakes because of a sudden stop ? The tires will start smoking badly very rapidly , but if your focusing on an event in front of you you might not see it in the mirror .
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