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Will bad front ball joints cause excess wear and tear on my front tires?

Toyota Corporate is telling me that my front ball joint recall had nothing to do with excess wear and tear on my front tires? Yet every tire shop and expert I spoke to said either yes and one said maybe. Toyota Corp said no. I went through 2 sets of tires in 18 months and everything else checked out okay. Also, my front tires have worn normally since I got the recall of the front ball joints fixed. I'm confused... Yes or No on bad front ball joints causing wear and tear on tires?

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I vote yes. Any worn component of the front end be it ball joints,tie rods,wheel bearings,even tire balance will adversely affect tire wear.

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In my opinion, they are trying to taking advantage of you cause you are a woman. excessive play means there is excess movement in the new part or parts....how can that be if you just not long ago had them replaced? I think you are right, and they are basing their opinion on the worn tires....I would replace the tires and go on down the road, and not worry about it....kk thanks for using fixYa

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jack up the side of the car with the worn joint use prize bar try to move each joint

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SOURCE: Tire wear in middle of both rear tires

problem is with over inflating the tires,causing middle tread wear,as long as you have more the 3/32 tread wear in the middle than you are ok.always set tire pressure when cold at around 33psi,check tire inflation sticker on dar jam for exact tire pressure

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a safty recall was issued by dodge for the above problem check with the dodge dealer

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SOURCE: 2000 Ford Focus LX steering knuckle/ball joint

theres 2 ways too fix that!! one is get some brass shiw stock it comes in a roll get about .005 thick! wrap several layers around the knuckle pin where is goes into the socket and then tigthen it up that will remove the play also you can heat the socket with a torch and then take a hammer and shrink the hole opening but if you call beards salvage in tulsa okla they can and will sell/ship you one

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