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At 1500 miles the front end was in need of alignment and the outside edge of the front tires were wearing down excessively.We took to the dealer and they aligned it When I went to rotate the tires at 5500 miles they were worn so bad that I didn't want to put the rear tires (which still looked brand new) on the front. I took the car to Sears they told us the front end was way out of alignment so we had them align it and rotate the tires on 9/13/08.Today I looked at the front tires and they are showing signs of wearing on the outside edge. What can be happening?

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Once a were pattern is worn in tire s unless you rotate tires to the rear they will keep wearing you should rotate your tires every oil change especially if you do alot of around town driving i am willing to bet you that good year lied to you about the alignment i am sure the dealer put it into spec the first time you just need to rotate them a little more often

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