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Posted: 07/27/09 06:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We tow our honda civic on a dolly and the rear tires are all chopped up. The tire shop that I went to have them rotated and balanced at suggested the car may need a 4 wheel alignment. (they don't do alignments) The tire shop has always been very good but I have never had a car with rear's having an odd wear pattern. Could it be that following along on the dolly caused the goofy wear or even that it is just because the front's only have 35K and the rears are at about 45K?

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Posted: 07/27/09 06:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think the car is not square with the dolly, and the dolly wants to pull it side ways.


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The dolly should have a pivoting turn-table for the front wheels so it should center on its' own, and not be pulling the car sideways. Make sure that the turn-table moves freely and is not binding. I would also have a 4 wheel alignment done too.

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Posted: 07/27/09 07:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On a 4 wheel alignment car, when the front is raised, the rear takes the weight and you will get negative camber. Along with the negative camber you also get an improper caster angle which is why you are seeing tire wear.

Lining it up will help, but won't solve the problem.

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I've pulled my Vibe on a Demco KarKaddy for over 30,000 with no unusual tire wear to the toad. There must be something wrong with the toad or the dolly.

I’m no expert but I’m inclined to agree with your tire shop. Have the Honda checked out.

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Posted: 07/27/09 07:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've towed my Toyota Camry on a dolly for at least 5000 miles without any rear tire wear out of the normal.


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Posted: 07/27/09 08:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I fail to see how doing a 4 wheel alignment will help with your vehicle unless the 4 wheels that are being aligned are the two on the dolly and the rear tires of your vehicle. Then of course you would have to ALWAYS load the car in the exact same position on the dolly which is physically impossible. The fact is you are placing more weight to the rear of the vehicle which it was not designed for. For all intents and purposes you are changing the alignment angles when you load the vehicle on the dolly. Possibly an upgrade in the rear suspension of the vehicle would help, or at least new rear shocks/struts. Have seen abnormal wear patterns on other vehicles that have been dollied. Different vehicles and dollies will react differently.


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We've towed our '05 Ody several thousand miles now with no noticeable wear on the rear tires. Haven't tried the Civic on it yet, need to get a wiring kit and wire the lights in first.
Use a Demco Kar Kaddy 460 and have been watching the tires for any signs of extra wear.

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Posted: 07/27/09 09:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chief enforcer wrote:

The dolly should have a pivoting turn-table for the front wheels so it should center on its' own, and not be pulling the car sideways. Make sure that the turn-table moves freely and is not binding. I would also have a 4 wheel alignment done too.

Some dollies, like our Demco Kar Kaddy SS460, don't have a pivoting plate, the dollies wheels steer too and are a much better arrangment than the swivel plate. We've had both types of dollies and the pivoting wheel ones are much superior.

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Posted: 07/28/09 09:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is interesting because I have two rear tires on my Olds van that are cupped on the inside as well from what I suspect is dolly towing. I have the Roadmaster Tow Master which wheel steers so I don't believe it's the dolly.

I have been told by the tire shop it's an alignment issue. Unfortunately in my case, I have to haul a 250 lb. wheelchair in the back, and I suspect my alignment in way off when I get it up on the dolly and all that weight is shifted to the rear. I'm getting it aligned with the chair in the back this time but I don't expect a miracle cure because the van has automatic leveling.

If I find anything useful I'll post it.



* This post was edited 07/28/09 09:32am by texasbaskets *


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