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Odd Tire Wear

This is on my girlfriends subaru legacy. Tires are getting pretty worn, so its not a huge deal right now but i would like to sort out the issue while the weather is nice and before she dumps a bunch of money on tires







Notice the super worn inside edge on the right tire? I was under there trying to find this odd groaning/clunking noise when the suspension loads/unloads and noticed that first.

All the bushings look worn, but not gone. No play left to right or top to bottom of the wheel/tire.

Could this be due to a blown/bent strut? The struts on this car are gone, no question about it. I just wouldn't expect that to have such a profound effect on one tire. The front two are fine, very even wear side to side.
Old 08-23-2010, 08:03 PM ColdFusion21 is offline  
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[At least part of] your problem-

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Old 08-23-2010, 09:17 PM vinividivici is offline  
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Is it a 99/00 legacy?
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Looks like you've got some pretty serious negative camber going on there.

When you do the struts, have it aligned afterward, and they ought to be able to dial that out. The thing Vinividivici highlighted is suspicious too, but I could see that just being the way the bushing fits or something.
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first gen legacy, 91 i think.

The weird thing is the camber doesnt look bad when the car is on the ground.

As for the bushing, i think thats ok, the other side is close to the same, and the bolts tight. I'm sure its worn, but doesn't seem to be loose or anything.
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toe, or variations in toe

either there's a bent arm somewhere, or the bushings are blown out

my friend's 240 fucked up the edges of tires like that when it's tension rods had bad bushings
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See how the flange on that bolt isn't parallel to the arm? That's because there's play in there. the weight of the wheel is pulling the bottom apart. When the car's on the ground the weight of the car pulls the bottom together, and you get that crazy wear. replace that bushing. You might not be able to feel it wiggle. Car's are heavy.
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Struts first, bushings later if money is a concern.
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Struts first, bushings later if money is a concern.
unless the struts are bent, and he'd probably know if they were, it's gotta be a bushing somewhere
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Ya, i wanna keep it on a budget. I know all the bushings and struts and all that need replacing, but this is a new noise and new issue and would like to start there as far as a suspension refresh goes.

maybe i can score a set of used struts for cheap and try that. I've been wanting to swap on forster/outback struts for a while. If the noise remains then its bushing time.
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If you can, save up and change the works of it, shocks *and* bushings.
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TBH i'm dreading changing all the bushings that likely need it. In back end of that car there is tons of them and they are surely all worn out now at ~270k...
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I had trouble finding them online but I dealer would likely be able to help...for a good fee I'd imagine.
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If you're going to get it aligned it might be worth it to take a look at the tie rods and balls joints too... they are stupid cheap to replace yourself and it helps if you get the car aligned immediately after
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