I've got a P reg Ulysse which 'may' have a problem with it's front end. I
bought new tyres all round a few thou miles back and forgot all about them.
I parked up one day very badly with full lock on and saw that one of the
front tyres was near worn out.
I went to my local garage to find that my tracking was 29 something out. I
did ask about the drifting to the left but was told "as all roads are
cambered this was all right". I bought a new front tyre and got the tracking
corrected but am now watching the other tyre wear away rather quickly. It
still drifts though but not as bad as before.
Is there a problem with the Ulysses' front end or have I just bought crap
tyres (UK £130 pair). Hints would be appreciated as I will have to get a new
set for the front VERY soon.
Have you had the car from new? An accident damaged car can have
serious body geometry faults which cause tyre wear and drifting. An
experienced eye can often spot the tell tale signs of a repair. A heavily
kerbed car can have front or back geometry errors.
An (expensive) all round geometry check for both front and rear geometry
will usually find the problem, backing up a high kerb is a common source
of bent rear suspension arm. Errors at the rear can show as front end
tyre wear, because you are making a continuous steering correction..
If you are a DIY'er you can do a pretty accurate geometry and tracking
check yourself, to find if the car is lozenge shaped from a shunt, if the
front suspension strut and tower are a bit out of kilter, and whether
your toe in/out are within spec. If the car is rectangular then its
corner to corner from chosen reference points, dropped and marked
on the floor will be equal to within an eighth of an inch. Up to a
quarter inch out I'd not be too worried, over half an inch, getting worried.
There are other causes of tyre wear but these are rare ones, the above
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