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Old 09-03-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Negative Tire Camber After Towing-Nissan Armada-22' International 2005

This weekend we towed our 22' International CCD 2005 about 60 miles. The roads were in good repair: mainly state roads with some tight curves and large rises and drops in elevation (Western PA).
On arrival at the state park, a gentleman mentioned the condition of the tire to my husband and said "I've heard of a heavy load causing that." What he noticed was an obvious negative camber in the right rear tire.
Has anyone had this experience or do you know of the possible causes and solutions?
Thank you.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:20 PM   #2
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:24 PM   #3
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My guess is that excessive load or some manufacturing defect bent your axle.

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:34 PM   #4
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I think the Armada has independent rear suspension so it is probably a broken or bent suspension part.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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Not good. Have it checked out soon. Something bent or slipped its adjustment.

BTW, are you running a WD hitch setup. A 22'er shouldn't overload that rear axle unless you are loaded unusually heavy on the tongue or the back of the SUV if you have proper WD.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:13 AM   #6
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We have a Hensley Arrow hitch which should be distributing the weight. We have not checked the tongue weight but will do that. Most of the added weight is in the trailer over the trailer axels (kitchen items) with minimal weight (less than 150#) added in the areas in front of the axel (closet and under front bed).
The Armada does have independent 4 wheel suspension.
I appreciate your input. Will call today to have the vehicle checked.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:18 AM   #7
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So what did you find out?
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:02 PM   #8
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Sorry for the late reply.
We had the alignment performed by a dealer. OK.
2 trips later it was out even further.
My regular mechanic, who doesn't align, suggested a specialist.
The specialist aligned Sept. 2012. Have taken 5 trips since (~2500 miles total) without a problem.
Spoke with a former Nissan dealer. He indicated that the rear end is somewhat tricky, in that if a specific part set is not put together right it can `easily' come apart, resulting in misalignment. However, once aligned there really shouldn't be a problem.
Bottom line, the dealer probably doesn't know how to align.
Fingers still crossed.

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