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Tire on back right is wearing more on outside than inside. The tire man said caster and toe on back left wheel are out of alignment and it is causing the wear on the right rear tire. This makes no sense. Is he correct ?

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Thank you for writing in. Incorrect alignment will cause excess wear on the outer edges of your tires. Positive camber will directly cause the issues, and toe can also have a dramatic effect. Positive angles on the alignment in general are the most likely to cause this. Excessive wear on the outer edges of the tread can also be caused by aggressive driving, or in particular hard cornering. Assuming this is not the issue, you are likely needing an alignment. The technician can also check for worn ball joints and signs of a larger issue with the suspension at that time. Good luck!

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