How do I correct the toe-in on left front. The inside edge of the tire is showing wear and the tire is toed-in at the top. The repair doesn't have to be 100% perfect as I am giving the vehicle to my son in 30 days, but I want to correct it ASAP. I do not wan to have to take in for a front-end alignment. I have all the necessary tolls to do the job. I just need to know where the adjustment is. Thanks
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Re: Toe-in drivers side
You adjust toe with the tie rod ends they are threaded, the kind of method you describe will most likely make the problem worse, also outside wear is caused by the tilt of the wheel, that is called camber, on most cars the camber is fixed, the front end tech must do special mods to get this to be adjustable, some times drill out rivets, other time a kit must be installed.
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If it is only wearing on the inside edge your wheel alignment is wrong. The most common cause is the tyre is 'toe out'. The tyre isn't pointing straight ahead like the one on the other side. It is sticking out at the front edge.
Take the car to a good tyre and suspension specialist and get your 'tracking' and 'alignment' checked. They should check your track rod ends and suspension mounts as well.
Preventing tire wear is about regular maintainence to your vehicle.
You should rotate your tires every 5,000 miles , and keep
your tire pressure at factory pressures as indicated by the tag
inside the drivers door column.
Alignment is another factor in tire wear , look at your tires carefully .
Look for any unusual wear , especally on the inside of the tires,
as this is usually the most troublesome spot.
As vehicles age , the springs lose their tension to a degree.
This causes a problem in the tire angle called "camber".
The vehicles wheels are tilted inward at the top.
Excessive negative camber will wear the inside of the tire.
Most vehicles can have this corrected by properly aligning
the vehicle .
Another wear problem can be caused by the toe adjustment
being out of specifications .
This is the most destructive angle to tires , it the same angle you use to steer the vehicle left and right .
It normally causes inner and outer tire edges to wear rough in
one direction smooth in another while rubbing your hand around the
Both these angles can be corrected by a professional alignment .
Be sure the technician inspects your front end for any worn parts,
as aligning it with them is a waste of money and time .
Always ask for a before and after printout of your alignment.
2. Please describe the wear pattern on the front tires in more detail. For example is the excessive tread wear.....
A. Right across the face of the tread on each tire or
B. On the outside edges of the tread on each tire or
C. on the inside edges of the tread on each tire or
D. on both sides of the tread but not on the center section of the tread on both tires.
B is normally caused by incorrect toe setting - toe in
C is also normally caused by incorrect toe setting - toe out
D is normally caused by tire pressure set way too low.
Faulty steering and suspension components can also cause abnormal tire wear for any component that affects the wheel alignment settings.
If you can provide a better description of the tire wear on each front tire you will get a better answer.
When ever front end work is done, front end needs to be realign, the wear your getting is call toe wear, mean tire's are pointing out, and will wear tire's on inside edge, have it realign and that will take care of your tire wear problem.
Be sure to have tires rotated every 5000-6000-miles. Walmart is good for that.
Outside wear is normal for fronts from the turns at higher speeds.
When tierod ends were replaced it is advisable to get front end aligned. Its not impossible to replace with minimum change but if settings were done with worn parts, new parts will change it.
the tires,check if theyre worn out,make sure you check the inside edgea,if they're wearing unevenly,replace them and get an alignment from someone you trust,make sure the caster/camber and toe are in spec.-toe and camber are tire wearing angles-camber the most-if the inside or outside edges are worn more,or when you drive and let go of the steering wheel,it tilts to one side,camber problem,make sure tires are inflated correctly,about 32-36 psi,check ur gas flap for bmw recommended pressures-u should be safe with what i gave you-so yeah,check tire pressures and wear-if tires feathered,too much toe in or out-this should take care of your problem,good luck
REAR WHEEL ALIGNMENT TOE-IN: 0±2 mm (0±0.08 in.)
The rear suspension lower arm mounting cam bolt should be turned an equal amount on both sides during adjustment.Right wheel : Clockwise direction : toe-inLeft wheel : Clockwise direction : ton-outMaximum difference between LH and RH : 3mm
The cam bolt should be adjusted within a 90° range left or right from the center position.CAMBERStandard value : 0°±30´Maximum difference between LH and RH : 3mm: 0±2 mm (0±0.08 in.)
The rear suspension upper arm mounting cam bolt should be turned an equal amount on both sides during adjustment.
Install the left and right springs which have the same identification color.
The cam bolt should be adjusted within a 90° range left and right from the center position.
1.Measure the tread depth of the tires.Tread depth of tire [Limit] : 1.6 mm (0.06 in.)2.If the remaining tread depth is less than the limit, replace the tire.When the tread depth of the tire is reduced to 1.6 mm (0.06 in.) or less, the wear indicators will appear.