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buddyhammond

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I have a potential problem with the aft axle on my new (to me) 2010 Raptor 300MP. There is an unusual wear pattern on the aft tires. The outside edge of the right hand tire and the inside of the left hand tire are wearing far more quickly than the rest of the tires. There is a slight sculpting of the tires in the wear areas on the inside and outside edge of the tires in question. The other tires show no indication of any wear pattern in the slightest.
Given the wear patterns on only these two tires, I think the axel is out of alignment.
Now for the two questions:
Does it sound reasonable to figure the axle is out of alignment?
Is there a good place in the Oklahoma City area to get this checked and corrected if necessary?

Thank you for any information.
Buddy

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It sounds reasonable and I would get an alignment done. Could be that someone towed or parked the trailer in an extreme nose-high situation and bent the axle.


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Out of balance tires can cause tire cupping.
Before you take it for an alignment, I would suggest you go through all the spring hanger bushings checking for wear. Two reasons.
One: I believe worn bushings are the #1 reason for tire wear/problems.
Two: They can't do the alignment with bad bushings and will end up changing them anyway.


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New bushings solved my tire wear problems. Two years after replacing the bushing still no uneven wear. Very easy job also.


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Check for a sheared spring center bolt. Measure distance from the spring hanger to the center bolt on all four springs. They all should be very close to the same measurement.

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tncruiser wrote:

New bushings solved my tire wear problems...

Are the bushings in the spring housings?

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RCMAN46 wrote:

Check for a sheared spring center bolt...

Thank you! I'll go give it a measure right now!

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Thanks All!
The dealer has admitted that the tracking problem should have been identified and corrected prior to selling the unit to us.
Along with that they are going to correct the:
1. Inoperative fueling station
2. Lack of brakes due to failed grease seals
3. Put in new backing plates and brakes due to failure of #2 above.
The unit is scheduled for an axle alignment at a specialty trailer alignment facility in early August. The dealership may have made a mess of this by not running the checklist they claim to use prior to selling a used trailer, but when confronted with the inoperative nature of the unit they are working to make it right. It’s just a pain to have to go through all this.
Buddy

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