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My 1997 Pontiac Sunfie Tires on the front have extreme wear on the inner edge more on the drivers side, than the passenger side they were installed new with only 6000kl driven What causes this .

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  • Helen O'Blenis Feb 23, 2009

    Hi Thanks for ur help , Going to purchase new tires & Have it aligned & rotated.


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Hi, The problem is that it is out of alignment. You should have noticed this problem on your other tires. If it was tire balance the wear would be uneven. Take it and have it aligned and rotate the tires and this should Fixya!

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