Since toe alignment was done and the steering rack was centered, the car has been driving straight down the road without pulling to the left or to the right until recently when I heard the tire skidding on normal pavement. The tires are being cupped or scalloped towards their outer edge, and the rubber is being peeled off in thin wire-like strips. That's less than 2 months of little and normal driving (a total of few hundred miles).
Before me noticing any misalignment or tire wear problems, I had planned to overhaul the front wheel-brake-suspension system. In fact, I just received the parts, but I am hesitant to proceed with this now even though replacing the front suspensions may take care of the problem. So, I am trying to understand and diagnose it before I replaced anything. I think this is most likely Camber misalignment. The wear is all around the outer edge of the tires (the front ones). After rotating the tires, the front ones that were in the rear developed the same exact wear in a matter of one week. I know the camber on this car is 1/2 degree increase or decrease.
1. But how do I know where the original marks were? I don't see them on the strut mount brackets. How do I know what direction to rotate the brackets to correct the camber misalignment (it says "rotate it by 180 degrees")? But when looking at the camber diagram for this car, I feel that the setting if still in the original position then it maybe at its extreme 1/2 degree positive camber and turning the mount bracket by 180 degrees to the left will give the tire an inner edge wear instead. I don't feel confident as to how to proceed here? The problem was compounded when an alignment mechanic looked at the rear beam visually, and told me "that needs replacement." He didn't speak much English, but I think he was pointing towards the rear axle beam. I didn't notice problem with the rear tires. But anyway, I can't find rear wheel axle beam anywhere online or at any of the auto parts stores. But when I searched for Kia or Mazda parts of the same, I got the part I am looking for (visually). I am not certain how (and where) to order the ford aspire part though.
2. Do you have any advice? Interchange guide (maybe?) Because I can't get my hands on an interchange guide for the rear wheel system? I don't think it is wise for me to replace the undercarriage wheels, brakes, axles and suspensions only to find out the chassis is bent or something to that effect.
3. Should the car then be taken to a body shop first to ensure "square" chassis? Would that be un necessary at this stage? Or to be taken to an alignment shop to evaluate bent or problematic wheel and or suspension system?
have the same problem?
Friday, March 12th, 2021 AT 2:54 PM