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Major inside tire wear problem ...rears....

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Major inside tire wear problem ...rears....

my moms 2013 sportage has major inside rear tire wear and the rear tires seem to be on an outward bottom angle....meaning
top of tire points in more than the bottom....

this seems to be a camber problem....

is this an easy or cheap fix for a mechanic?

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First thing is to get a 4 wheel alignment at a proper shop with new equipment.
Be prepared for some sort of suspension adjustment and/or part replacement.
Cost, well, it can be as little as the cost of the alignment or, it can all depend on the parts required and the replacement labour for those parts.

No sense guessing because it can be so many things.
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Camber really doesn't wear the tire down that much, it's most likely your toe that's out of wack causing extreme wear. How many kms on the tires? If they're original then it's time for a new set.
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mxthor3 wrote: Camber really doesn't wear the tire down that much, it's most likely your toe that's out of wack causing extreme wear. How many kms on the tires? If they're original then it's time for a new set.
+1, toe wears tires. When you get the alignment, as the mechanic to set it to minimum toe within spec. Al Tech is the best in the Etobicoke area.

Does your mom carry a lot of heavy stuff in the back?
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Think of the Childre…
How so? It's a legit question. Uneven weight distribution can easily affect tire wear.
Some1rulez wrote: Kinda inappropriate question, no?

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Cheapo-Findo wrote: How so? It's a legit question. Uneven weight distribution can easily affect tire wear.
It was a joke.
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I experienced something similar with my 2011 Sportage, but it was the inside of the front tires that wore out quicker than normal. A wheel alignment didn’t solve the issue, it turned out to be the bushing on the lower control arm needed replacing.
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A lot of cars have negative rear camber, especially for larger vehicles. They also aren't adjustable. So you have two options:

1) Replacing with adjustable camber arms - after market

2) continuously rotate tires
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Go for an alignment. Either they can adjust it back into spec, or something is worn out and they will find it.
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If the alignment is off, the shop may shim it to try and correct it without doing a proper check of the suspension. If they move the car and the alignment numbers change, then there is probably play in the suspension.
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Some1rulez wrote: Kinda inappropriate question, no?
lol that was a good one....

No she doesnt , nothing more than average groceries and stuff every couple weeks...

its a 2013 with about 100k on it , low kms....

thanks for the advice everyone, I will take it into my mechanic for an alignment and it needs new tires on the rears anyway....

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