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06 Taurus Inner Tire Wear

I bought this Taurus from a Ford Dealer 10,000 miles ago and just got around to rotating the tires. They all look in good shape with plenty of tread except the front driver side:




Completely worn down on the inside. My experience is all with motorcycles so alignment is a new deal for me. Can this be diagnosed from just the symptom? Again, the other 3 tires don't show this kind of wear. No pull on the steering while driving, no odd sounds coming from the front suspension.
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It could be a few things like worn inner or outer tierod ends. You maybe able to feel play in the tire if it is jacked up you move it at 3 and 9 o'clock.
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It could be a few things like worn inner or outer tierod ends. You maybe able to feel play in the tire if it is jacked up you move it at 3 and 9 o'clock.
Add. One side only indicates camber on one side which would be ball joint, control arm, strut or body alignment.


One more and I have seen this recently on '03 I bought couple months back.
Car pulls left slightly, alignment is fine. Switched tires front side to side than pulls right. Positive it a tire issue. Switched the tire with inside wear to the rear and no more pull. Positive the bad tire is the one with the inside wear. I have seen this before and that tire on the rear will still wear more but it does not effect the car driving.


Both tires wearing inside about same and likely toe is out.


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Add. One side only indicates camber on one side which would be ball joint, control arm, strut or body alignment.


One more and I have seen this recently on '03 I bought couple months back.
Car pulls left slightly, alignment is fine. Switched tires front side to side than pulls right. Positive it a tire issue. Switched the tire with inside wear to the rear and no more pull. Positive the bad tire is the one with the inside wear. I have seen this before and that tire on the rear will still wear more but it does not effect the car driving.


Both tires wearing inside about same and likely toe is out.


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I am thinking that a worn tie rod on one side will effect that side since the rack is a solid link which is moved by a fix point pinion. Any change in length of each side acts independent to that side. Total toe will increase but toe to center point of car will only increase for the worn side. Maybe wrong but I have seem to have that happen to me.
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I am thinking that a worn tie rod on one side will effect that side since the rack is a solid link which is moved by a fix point pinion. Any change in length of each side acts independent to that side. Total toe will increase but toe to center point of car will only increase for the worn side. Maybe wrong but I have seem to have that happen to me.
Agree, slack on one side will effect that tire as it can toe in/out depending on what is happening without effecting the other tire much. Slack is one thing, easy to check. Toe off but still no slack will effect both tires.


From picking tires/wheels from the JY nearby, very common one or both severe wear on the inside. Better finds are back wheels.


I have seen from time to time vehicles with one front wheel cambered out 5degrees or more just driving down the road like they had good sense.
Had X son-inlaw with my past '88 Taurus and he told me a tie rod came un-screwed and fell out. He was turning at a gas station. Tire ruined and the station had a shop and put the tie rod back in to the nut and sold him a tire. Imagine how that car was driving?


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Rear tires on sedans with inner wear is weak springs changing camber.
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