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Volkswagen Vanagon: 1980-1991 (T3) Excessive tire wear on Syncro


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Last Post: Dec 7, 2011 1:05 PM Last Post By: tcovenant2000
Sanchez86

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Excessive tire wear on Syncro
Posted: Nov 22, 2011 12:01 PM
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I own a 1986 Syncro and have excessive wear on the outside of the front passenger tire. I know the wheel bearing is good. There is also a tremendous amount of vibration and noise inside the van. Any ideas?
tcovenant2000

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Re: Excessive tire wear on Syncro
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 1:41 PM   in response to: Sanchez86 in response to: Sanchez86
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Yes. This kind of wear is an alignment issue (in your case the toe-in/toe-out is bad, or possibly the caster/camber).
There are many things other than wheel bearings that could cause this. For starters: tie rod ends, steering arms/knuckles, ball joints.
I'd suggest taking it for an alignment. It may be that you simply bumped a curb too hard one day. If not, the guys at the alignment shop will be able to quickly diagnose what is wrong.

Thomas
Sanchez86

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Re: Excessive tire wear on Syncro
Posted: Dec 5, 2011 9:17 AM   in response to: tcovenant2000 in response to: tcovenant2000
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I had tires rotated, balanced and alignment done. We will see if the problem disappears. Thanks for the help!
tcovenant2000

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Re: Excessive tire wear on Syncro
Posted: Dec 7, 2011 1:05 PM   in response to: Sanchez86 in response to: Sanchez86
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Rotate and balance was a good idea as well. Did you tell the alignment guy that you were having issues and ask him to take a look? I assume he didn't volunteer anything? Could be just alignment.

Thomas

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