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Bignuke 04-16-2010 09:18 PM

Tire slanted..?
Hey guys,
As every jeeper does, they stand back and look at their jeep.. well I did and I noticed that my front driver side tire is kind of slanted outward (top is IN more than bottom..)

What would be an easy fix? Well what is wrong? lol


Jerry Bransford 04-16-2010 10:57 PM

Worst case is that you have a bent axle, far more likely is a bad ball joint, but the most likely is it is nothing more than a very common optical illusion that has fooled me on the same exact thing. I thought the same thing with mine but placing a carpenter's level on the side of the tire showed it was actually pretty darned vertical without a problem.

AzTJ 04-16-2010 10:59 PM

Are you referring to the tire itself as a whole or the tread?

Zeep 04-17-2010 07:14 AM

Jack the tire off the ground, check the ball joint or unit bearing, will most likely be the culprit!!!

Fweaky 04-17-2010 07:45 AM

I had a CJ that always looked like the drivers side was slanted in. Checked everything and never found anything wrong. The tire never wore on that side... but I kept them rotated twice a year.

CityBoy 04-17-2010 09:45 AM

I would first try to find the most level/flat ground you can find and re-assess. Sometimes with a basic lift or a disconnected sway bar it will look totally off camber.

If you do re-assess, and the problem persists... jack up the "problem" tire, and try to rock it 12 and 6 (think of a Clock).. if it rocks 12 and 6 your unit bearing is bad. A common method of thought is that you replace both sides because the other one will go right after. I only fixed one, and with only minor problems have had no issues with the other side weakening

I want to say that if it rocks 3 and 9 there is a different problem (but I do not know what that is) maybe U-joint

Bignuke 04-17-2010 01:19 PM

Ok, thanks a lot guys!

AzTJ, the tire as a whole... Today I THINK the brakes are jammed again... I usually shift into 3rd at about 20-25 but today it was more like 30-35... And the pedal seems to be stiff..

I took it off the ground last night and I twisted the front tires (spun) and they were hard to spin! I wasn't in gear or anything so I bleed the brakes but it seems to be back now...

Any suggestions?

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