I do my own repairs. I'm pretty versed on things like engine building, and the importance of farming out things like alignment and having an exhaust system welded on. Just assume I'm "somewhat competent at repairing vehicles".
My question is this: I have a 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible 160,000 miles on the odometer. It sees almost 90% interstate driving at 70-80mph 5 days a week, for 100 miles. It is used for no other purpose, only this high speed driving. I have a jeep for in-town jaunts.
About 2 years ago, I put new high quality wheel bearings on the front, and replaced the brakes and rotors, as well as the tires. All of these components were failing due to age. I also replaced the outer tie rod joints, and took the car in for a thrust alignment. It has been driving fine, no pulling, good brake action, no smells or noises, but i've noticed the drivers side tire is wearing along the outer edge. It is worn about 1/2" down almost to where its starting to be bald. The passenger side is wearing just fine. Also today, I noticed when i arrived at work that the brake wear indicator was squeaking. I checked, and the driver's side brake wear indicator is touching the rotor, but the passenger side still has about 1/4" left between the indicator and the rotor.
- Do you think there is a correlation between the tire wear and the brake wear, even though there is no pull and no indication that the brake is not releasing properly?
- If one brake was working harder than the other, due to a pressure imbalance in the master cylinder, wouldn't that result in pulling to one side?
- My guess on the wear issue for the driver's side tire is improper camber angle, but still, wouldn't that result in a constant pull to the left?
- I've experienced a "checking condition" on the brake line due to rust on the inside of the brake rubber brake hose mount on the strut, but I don't think its this. I would notice a drag after a firm brake press.
- I could assume ball joint wear, but there is no clunking / chattering etc associated with common ball joint wear. Its a double A-arm suspension with a clevis mounted shock / spring combination.
I need to know what I should concentrate on. Obviously I'll need a new tire, and brakes, and possibly rotors, maybe brake cylinder as well, but this to me is a mystery why it wore funny on one side and not the other, with no symptoms other than visual.