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Old 03-28-2012, 01:26 PM
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Abnormal Tire wear on rear.

What would cause the Passenger side rear tire to wear heavily
on the outside?

1991 300TE.

I would like to fix anything needed prior to taking
it to the indy for a 4 wheel alignment.

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:27 PM
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Any noticeable positive camber?
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:47 PM
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Not that I can tell.
Would that be some kind of an adjustment
or part replacement issue
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:50 PM
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Bushings?

About 5K miles ago, I was hearing a creaking noise from the left rear of my TE. If I sprayed silicone onto the spring link (trailing arm?) bushing, noise went away. So bushing is deteriorating.

Recently, I noticed abnormal wear on the outer and inner edges of the left rear tire. Tire pressure ok, and other three tire wear normal. I removed the wheel, and the left wheel carrier bushing looks bad, with badly cracked rubber. The rubber on the other four suspension links look ok.

I suspect both of those bad bushings affect the camber when the car is in motion, and causing that abnormal tire wear.

I do not have the correct bushing extractor/press in tools, so I may buy a complete spring link (trailing arm?), and take it to the Indie to also replace the wheel carrier bushing
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:01 PM
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rear tire wear

Hey Jack,
You don't say how many miles are on the car! 12miles? 1200 miles? 250,000 miles?
Sounds like you have identified most of the problem, bushings and links. Don't waste your time replacing the bushings, replace ALL of the links. If your rear suspension is original and I would bet that it is, then it is past time to replace the "ball joint"/"swivel joint" that the rear wheel carrier and all of the links connect to. The 124 is a great car but at 21 plus years they do need some major suspension work. You don't say how the car handles on the freeway, does it get squirrelly when trying to drive in a straight line. Feel like you are always chasing it with the steering wheel? The german rubber will look good but be bad. If the suspension is original, time to rebuild it. If you try to do it a piece at a time, you will always be working on it and your alignment will never hold.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:50 AM
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I support the idea that one link is damaged , certainly the top one;

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