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Old 02-24-2009, 08:15 AM
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I had a set of new Goodyear F1 put on my 2002 1.8t a month and a half ago, balanced, alignment done and now I have found the front right tire has worn dramatically on its inner half. The outside facing portion of the tread looks new, the inner portion you don't normally see unles the wheel is turned is nearly gone. The alignment was initially done incorrectly then done again by the same shop and now this. What sort of adjustments can be made on a Beetles front end, is it tie-rods only or is there any camber adjustments? I've been smelling burnt tire rubber this whole time as well. The wheels are stock 17" and are not rubbing anything, its simply the way the shop alighed them that is driving the edge of the wheel into the pavement.
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:42 PM
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tie rods and the ball joint can be adjusted.

the ball joint adj will affect camber.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:46 PM
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I'd say go somewhere else and get a real alignment. Sounds like they messed something up and it's not truely aligned.

I'd show them the tire after a month and a half, ask for a refund and go elsewhere. They should honestly give you a new tire as well, but I don't know if they will go that far. They need to back up there work and if you still have your receipt, then they should honor it. But I would just ask for a refund and get it done elsewhere!
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:50 PM
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Agreed, take it to a different shop. Have them diagnose and document what was done wrong. The previous shop should replace your tire and refund the alignment charges.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:10 PM
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I had that problem, though it was bad alignment after the accident...but it turned out to be a bad bearing...I think. I'll have to look up my paperwork to see what exactly they replaced.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:52 PM
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I had that problem, though it was bad alignment after the accident...but it turned out to be a bad bearing...I think. I'll have to look up my paperwork to see what exactly they replaced.
Possible, but the car should be exhibiting other symptoms...noises/vibrations and such. And if the bearing is that bad that it would scrub off the tire that fast...it should be very close to a colossal failure and would be easily noticed.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:48 PM
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I would bet that the ball joint is bad.
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Now I hear a clicking sound coming from the ball joint area under my feet while I'm driving. Why would a tire shop align a vehicle when the ball joint is noticeably done in? It obviously won't work out for the owner, this sucks. I'm supposed to bring it in for them to see next week, I'll update as this is an odd situation that others could benefit from in knowing the outcome. Thanks for the responses.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:18 AM
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Ball joints don't usually "click." They do pop or clunk, particularly when going slow and braking/turning. Audible clicking is usually the CV joint. If your ball joint is bad and the shop missed it, excess slop could cause extra strain on the CV's.

I really question this shop's ability and credibility. I would give them one more chance to make it right, otherwise take it elsewhere and try to get enough info to get your money back from the other shop.
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:38 PM
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Agreed! I don't tolerate shops that cause excess trouble or "miss" important things like that. If nothing else, they should have at least informed you if they saw something wrong and allowed you to accept a repair or refuse and deal with it.

I still agree that they should get you a new tire and refund the alignment. How much you get back from them depends on the fuss that you put up. And going through a tire that fast...I'd put up a BIG fuss! And then go somewhere else and get it done right!
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