Front tire leaning.

The front tire is leaning toward the vehicle.
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When the top of the tire leans in more than normal this is usually caused by some sort of failure in either the upper ball joint upper control arm or control arm bushings. Sometimes nothing has failed at all, upper control arm bolts that hold the arm the the frame can come loose and cause a similar situation. Before driving this car I would have the whole suspension looked over by a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic. Have both sides checked as the other side could be on it’s way to becoming loose, too.

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This is caused by worn ball joints and control arm bushings. It could be upper or lower control arms bushings or ball joints. In order to isolate the cause, the vehicle should be lifted by the lower control arm to take the load off of the suspension.
Uneven tire wear is usually caused by improper alignment, overinflation, underinflation or a worn out suspension.
If you have one of the rear tires leaning in then you have damaged the upper control arm or spindle is bent. Have the vehicle suspension checked for damaged components and have alignment done.
When your steering wheel is not being straight, it is probably out of alignment, and its steering and suspension systems are not functioning at proper angles. This often results in uneven, rapid tread-wear, and you may need to replace your tires much earlier.
If a control arm or some other suspension part is damaged or breaks, it can cause serious negative camber. Excessive tire wear can also cause negative camber.
It is used in the design of steering and suspension, it is called positive camber; if the bottom of the wheel is farther out than the top, it is called negative camber. Camber angle alters the handling qualities of a particular suspension design; in particular, negative camber improves grip when cornering.
With time, the wheels become misaligned because of potholes on the road, an accident, or bumping a curb. You could also cause misalignment in your wheels by going too fast and knocking a bump. Wear and tear also cause wheel misalignment.
Negative camber also reduces your stability during straight driving, especially when going over bumps and road debris. And like positive camber, it strains your driveshaft – wheel bearings, CV joints, and bushings – and can cause your wheels to break loose. It also increases your risk of a tire puncture.
Will an Alignment Fix Negative Camber? In some cases, yes. But as mentioned above, camber issues often result from worn or broken parts. Those parts must be replaced before a wheel alignment can be performed.
Your steering wheel is crooked due to your vehicle being out of alignment. Basically, your steering and suspension systems are not operating at the right angles.
Unbalanced wheels can lead to vibrations in the steering wheel, which in itself is a major hazard. In the long term, unbalanced wheels can lead to: Uneven and premature wear on your tyres. Reduced handling and stability – the car might start pulling to one side, for instance.
Under extreme forces, the strut can bend near its connecting point on the steering knuckle, or the piston rod itself can bend. The knuckle can also deform and change the angles. Either condition will cause the camber angle, SAI and the scrub radius to change.
Loose bearings will cause the wheel to run in negative camber (the top of the wheel tilts inward from the vertical centerline of the wheel). The classic and obvious signs of loose bearings include irregular wear on the inside edge of an inside dual tire or irregular cupping on steer tire shoulders.
Created by the angle of the steering arms, turning angle allows the outside wheel on a turn to steer at a lesser angle than the inner wheel. This is necessary because the outer wheel has to travel a larger radius, otherwise the tires may scuff when the vehicle turns.
A common way to adjust camber at the front wheels of the car with Macpherson strut suspension is to install adjustable top mounts. These items fit to the top of the spring and damper set up allowing the damper angle to be altered and therefore the camber angle for the front wheel to be altered.
Negative Camber By applying a negative camber, the suspension system maximises the contact patch area, making the car more stable, especially under higher speeds. Many racing cars exhibit a negative camber. Positive Camber A positive camber makes a vehicle more stable if the ground beneath it is not smooth.
Poor Vehicle Alignment

The tie rods help your vehicle to steer and track straight when your steering wheel is centered. Bad tie rods will allow the wheels to come out of alignment.

Squeaking, squealing, creaking, or knocking sounds from under the car, it is bad wheel alignment. The noise comes when the tires are being dragged on the road instead of rolling normally. You will happen to hear all of these sounds and noises considering them a cry for help. Find bad alignment solutions immediately.
Consistent Shaking: Alignment issues will cause constant vehicle vibration, no matter whether you are braking, accelerating, or maintaining a consistent speed. Steering Wheel Pulling: You may also notice that your vehicle is “pulling” towards one side of the road or another rather than seamlessly steering straight.
To adjust the camber, loosen the bolts connecting the suspension components to the frame. Then, adjust the camber to the desired angle and tighten the bolts. It is essential to use a camber gauge to ensure that the camber is adjusted correctly.
Camber is the inward or outward tilt of the front tires as viewed from the front of the vehicle.
Driving with unbalanced tires can be dangerous and cause significant wear and tear on the vehicle`s suspension system, such as vibrations in the steering wheel and seat, poor handling and stability, uneven tire wear, and increased road noise.
Yes, all 4 wheels will need to be balanced, otherwise, you will compromise your safety, experience an uncomfortable ride and your tyres will wear unevenly and will need to be replaced prematurely.

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Constant inside tread wear front tires
ANSWER : Unfortunately, many sports cars will experience some inner edge wear on the front and sometimes back tires as well. This means that the vehicle has positive camber designed into the suspension. When a vehicle has positive camber designed into the suspension, this will enable the vehicle to take corners better and will provide some more stability during harsh manuvers. If you are very concerned with the tire wear, I would recommend having your vehicle aligned out of specification to make the wheels more towards the zero mark on the front camber. This may however affect the way the vehicle handles and is not recommended under normal circumstances.

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New front tires and aligned, but tires are different sizes
ANSWER : I would have the tire size double checked as a 60 series tire will generally be taller if the profile number does not change. The tire light is probably due to a failed tire monitoring system initialization which should have been carried out after the tires were replaced. You may want to have the dealership check out this issue as they were the last ones to work on it. They should be able to provide an explanation on the tire size change and properly initialize the tire pressure monitoring system.

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I hear a loud clicking noise on the drivers side by my tire rim when turning the steering wheel front tires vibrating as well.
ANSWER : A clicking noise on turning is very characteristic of a failed outboard CV axle joint. Sometimes, in such a circumstance, you can see that the rubber outboard boot is actually torn and leaking grease. If you see that (look behind the wheel toward the axle end), the axle for sure will have to be serviced. If you change the axle, be sure to install a new rubber seal on the transmission output side so that you do not have transmission fluid leaks with the new axle (a common mistake is to overlook that seal; if an old, left-in-place seal leaks after the axle is put in the job has to be done all over again). Vibration without actual shaking of the steering wheel "might" be related to the axle issue. On the other hand, such vibration could also be due to a failed wheel bearing, especially with over 200,000 miles on the vehicle and if those are the original bearings. If you were to need both an axle and a wheel bearing at the same time, and on the same side, that’s actually not that bad because the steering knuckle that holds the wheel bearing has to come off anyway to replace the axle. But, backing up here, the very first thing to do is get the issue properly diagnosed so you spend the minimum possible. If you want to obtain a diagnostic, please request a vehicle CV/wheel bearing noise inspection and the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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Vibration from passenger side front wheel.
ANSWER : Occasionally, you will be able to measure enough play in the bearing that you can condemn it without further testing. You have to check the factory spec. to see what is allowed and will have to use a dial indicator. Sometimes you can road test the car and by swerving, sequentially load and unload the side of the car with the suspect bad bearing. If the noise level clearly changes as you load and unload the suspect side, that is usually a positive indication. When you swerve you are moving weight temporarily off of the bearing which is enough to alter the noise generated by a bad bearing. Wireless chassis ears are really useful. Basically, the Mechanic will clip microphones onto each front spindle and compare the noise from side to side as the vehicle is driven. The wear on your tires complicates things a little but if there is little noise from the left front tire and yet when you mount that tire on the right the noise increases to about the same level as when you had the original tire on the right, that is an indication of probable bearing failure. The labor time on the bearing is about 2 hours. If you desire that this be evaluated and/or replaced, I recommend you request a wheel bearing diagnostic and a certified Mechanic from YourMechanic will let you know if the bearing needs to be replaced.

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Advice for winter tires
ANSWER : 205/55R17 may be too tall for your vehicle. A couple of good sources to check size compatibility for your vehicle would be tirerack.com or maybe discounttire.com. Sites like Tire Rack specialize in winter tire packages and is a good source for fitment options. I have personally used Bridgestone and Dunlop snow tires and would recommend either. However, it is highly recommended that winter tires be mounted at all 4 corners. Having different tires with different capabilities not only makes the vehicle unstable, it will effect systems like the anti-lock brakes and traction control. Winter tires perform much better than summer or all-season tires do in ice and snow conditions. Having two tires with good winter traction and two with poor traction will have the anti-lock brake system working overtime. Also, sticking with a smaller tire for winter use is advisable. For ice and snow driving, you want the opposite for summer driving. Wide, low profile tires improve warm, dry weather driving. Tall, narrow, tires provide better control on snow and ice. Consider keeping your stock 16 inch wheels for winter use with winter tires mounted on them and maybe a nice set of 17 inch wheels and tires for summer use. I’ve done that with nearly every vehicle I’ve owned whether front, rear, or all-wheel drive.

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Cupped tires
ANSWER : Hi there:

Cupping on a tire is one of the more difficult items to diagnose; due to the multiple causes of cupping. In most cases, cupping is caused by suspension components like struts that are worn out; causing the tire to absorb more shock than it should. When you combine this with low air pressure, poor tire quality or certain driving methods; the tread on the tire will separate, causing the tire to "cup". The best way to pinpoint why your tires are cupping is to have a professional mobile mechanic complete a cupping on tires inspection.

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i hear a lot of noise on my front rear tires and i just change my front tires do not what wrong with it
ANSWER : It may not be the tires themselves but rather the front wheel bearings that are at fault for the noise. If noise did not start until you put new tires on then it may be the tire tread and is normal tire noise.

If you’d like to have this looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can help you diagnose the noise from your tires in person and suggest a fix from there.

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Thudding noise after tire rotation
ANSWER : Hello there. Without knowing what kind of weather and snow the area you live in sees, I will answer this as best as possible. In most places in the country, all-season tires can be used (as the name implies) during all seasons and in light snow without any issues. In places where heavy snow and adverse weather conditions are present, snow tires are often used. Snow tires can even be used with chains or studs if the weather is bad enough. There is no one solution and it depends on where you live. If you use snow tires after winter, the tires must be switched back to an all season tire or summer tire to not wear the snow tires rapidly.

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