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Old 12-02-2009, 07:43 AM   #1
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Default Uneven tire wear

Hey all, longtime lurker, first time poster here.
I own a '98 Acura 1.6 EL, which is essentially the same mechanically as a Civic Si of the same year.

I recently changed my tires since it's beginning to snow up here. When I took off my rear tires I noticed that the inside of the treads were almost bald as opposed to 80% on the outsides. I've never messed about with my suspension setup and the alignment was recently done (at the beginning of last summer)

It seems as though my rear wheels have adopted a negative camber through wear and tear.

My question; is there any way to repair this issue without installing an aftermarket camber kit? Has this happened to anyone before on their Civic/EL? If so how did you repair it? Suggestions? Questions?
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First of all, improper camber does not usually create such a dramatic difference in treadwear. When the alignment is to blame, it's usually improper toe that's the culprit.

Obviously, the first question is whether your alignment is off. A lot can happen in six months since your alignment. Heck, all you need to do is hit one bad pothole, and it can throw everything off. So an alignment would be the first thing to do.

Other suspension problems can also cause uneven tire wear such as you describe - everything from blown shocks, to bent suspension components, to bad ball joints, to bushings that are shot. Take your car to a mechanic who is really good at diagnosing suspension problems, and have him check it out.
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Hey all, longtime lurker, first time poster here.
I own a '98 Acura 1.6 EL, which is essentially the same mechanically as a Civic Si of the same year.

I recently changed my tires since it's beginning to snow up here. When I took off my rear tires I noticed that the inside of the treads were almost bald as opposed to 80% on the outsides. I've never messed about with my suspension setup and the alignment was recently done (at the beginning of last summer)

It seems as though my rear wheels have adopted a negative camber through wear and tear.

My question; is there any way to repair this issue without installing an aftermarket camber kit? Has this happened to anyone before on their Civic/EL? If so how did you repair it? Suggestions? Questions?

I had this happen Ironically also to my 1.6 EL, turned out my toe was off , mind you it didnt chew the tire as much as you say yours did but enough for me to notice.

Got an alignment and it took care of it.

In case it is camber you can always add a washer or two to the stock camber/support arm.

Now im having the same issue but with the front tires . Dont want to pay another alignment but i think i will have to. Before going to check all the bushings in the front.
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toe tends to go out more frequently on the front of vehicles than the rear, just due to the steering effects. get an alignment. if you arent noticing any other issues than the poor tire wear that will be your best bet, but as nsxtacy said theres nothing wrong with having a suspension mechanic give your acura a once over
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