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Old 06-25-2012, 05:58 AM
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Uneven Tire Wear

After my last tire rotation (35" BFG Mud Terrains), I really started to notice a "wah-wah-wah-wah" sound coming from the front passenger tire, formerly the rear drivers side. It increases with speed, causes a bad vibration and is REALLY loud, especially outside the vehicle. Looking at it shows a very unusual wear pattern. On the inside of the tire (closest to frame), EVERY OTHER lug is worn down substantially farther than the one next to it. What would cause such an usual wear pattern that not every lug would be worn the whole way around? I can't figure this out but it's driving me insane!
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:24 AM
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Check ball joints

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Old 06-25-2012, 06:40 AM
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Ball joints on the passenger side are good. They're bad on the drivers side but this tire hasn't been on the drivers side yet.
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Bad shock combined with an out of spec tire balance. The slight out of balance can cause cupping as the tire loads and unloads down the road. Most tire shops balance the tire to 65 MPH. If your don't normally drive at this speed have the tire shop tune weights to your normal speed.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:34 AM
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Once tire wear starts it doesn't stop even after the corrections been made. Also check the rear suspension as cupping can start in the rear with a sagging/worn suspension and then exasperated when the tire was put on the front and asked to turn.
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I recently had A tire do what you are explaining, inspected the tire and found a slight bump and cup in one area. Busted belt, had it swapped for free because it wasnt very old.

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Old 06-25-2012, 05:09 PM
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Ball joints on the passenger side are good. They're bad on the drivers side but this tire hasn't been on the drivers side yet.
may have answered your own question. you could be compensating on the steering and actually wearing out the opposite side.

have similar problem but my outside edge is wearing
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:08 AM
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Bad shocks could do it.. or not rotating your tires every 3,000 miles. These big trucks need their big mud-tires rotated every 3k miles or so. Bad alignment and balance could do it too.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:48 PM
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Thanks for the replies yall. I rotated that tire to the rear drivers side so it spins the other way and for the time being everything is smooth. A temporary band aid, I know, but I can't afford to buy new tires when these are under 2 years old and all my suspension components (shocks, ball joints, bearings, tie rods, u-joints) are also under 2 years old. Just need to last me another year or two and I'll buy another truck then can totally tear down this front axle and fix it right.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:16 AM
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Like I said. Big mud tires need to be rotated every single oil change.
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