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My tires are wearing on the inside like my last car i replaced the outer tie rod ends and ball joints. But on my chrysler 300 2002 model ther looks to be more parts that look like ball joints than just one per side??

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Your toe-in is off. Maybe tie rod ends or may just need alignment. If you take it for alignment, they will tell you if any joints are worn out.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010

  • teyronm Aug 27, 2010

    ok thamkns!! just the left tire is wearing from the inside

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Aug 27, 2010

    OK, that could be a camber issue--still, alignment shop is the right place to start. If you want to troubleshoot your self, jack up that wheel and see if you can move the bottom of the tire in and out. That would be a bad lower ball joint. If the top of the wheel moves in and out, that could be a bad upper ball joint. These are the joints that affect camber.

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Could be your tie rods coming out of the rack and pinion and attached to the wheels. Grasp the tie rod near where it attaches to the wheel and see if you can shake, twist or move it. If you feel any play or looseness at all in the tie rod joint, then it is worn badly. Both outer tie rods at each wheel should be replaced. If the outer tie rods are tight, you can't move them with your hands, then have a shop check your inner tie rods for wear. Have them check the ball joints for wear, also. Or you can raise the wheel off the ground. Be safety conscious. Grab the tire at top and bottom. Can the tire move in and out, feel play in the lower ball joints? Any side to side play in the wheel? Maybe you can spot the looseness at the tie rod or balljoint. Maybe you'd better let a shop look at it.
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Then check your tie rod ends and ball joints. There are 4 tie rod ends on your vehicle. They are attached to the front wheel and the steering box. There is an outer one on the wheel and an inner one at the steering rack. Try to move them side to side or up and down. Any movement means they need to be replaced.

To check the ball joints, you will have to jack the wheel up so it is clear of the ground. Grab the tire at 12 and 6 o'clock and try to move it in and out. If it moves, then have someone watch as you move it and see if the movement is at the bottom ball joint or the top one, if your car has an upper ball joint. Front wheel drive cars with spring/strut suspension don't have upper ball joints.

I would be inclined to suspect the tie rod ends as being your problem, but it could easily be multiple things so check them all. Hope this helps.

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Do you have the radio on? Maybe it likes the music... Okay, so enough of that...
The wheel could be bent.
The tire out of round.
The bearing could be bad.
The tie Rod could be out or going out.
The tie rod-end could be bent or worn.
The Ball joint could be allowing it to wander.
Lotsa stuff.
Start with the simple things. Replace the wheel and tire.
If it does not run out okay then move to the tie rod. Lifting the car up and securing it on a jack, shake the wheel in your hands about 3 and 9 o'clock.
Does it feel loose? if so, inner or outer tie rod.
Is the tie rod tube bent? Look at it. Only way is to see it.
Ball joint: Lift the suspension just enough to take the tension off the wheel assy. Shake at twelve o'clock and six o'clock. Does it feel loose?
Any looseness indicates the issue...
roll the wheel on the car. Does it growl? Should like something other than smooth? if so, replace it.
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A cheap (China) tie rod may last only a year.(plastic inner wear points)
A good quality tie rod may last 10.(nylon and/or metal wear points)

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