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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Wheel Alignment on 08MBE3504matic

I purchased a new set of tires about 6 months ago for listed vehicle. After very close to exactly 5k miles the rear tires look fine as I got ready to rotate them. The front I could not believe what I saw. The tires were purchased new and balanced and mounted at BJ's. Both front tires have extremely significant wear to the exterior or away from the vehicle as a reference edge..the first of the 4 grooves no longer is evident. I had the vehicle serviced to the tune of just south of 2K USD about 20k ago. At that time a wheel alignment was done and shows on the dealership provided paperwork for the service...I am the only driver of said vehicle and have "hit" nothing but air for the last 20k miles. What gives people. Is it possible a front end just goes "out of alignment that quickly after 20k miles to the degree that I see the incredible wear on both front end tires yet the back end tires look new?...The tires are Pirelli PZero All Season Plus...A friend of mine who is a good years of experience mechanic (this guy actually bought a used hydraulic lift and had it installed in his barn, I'm so jealous) looked at them and told me the "Camber" needs adjustment...When I told him how recently the MB dealership nearest me did the alignment and in view of the front tire wear pattern he suggested I get the front end re - aligned by another non MB dealership and make sure I keep the documentation...any thoughts people...
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Sounds like your friend is correct - your camber is way out of adjustment - see pic (positive camber).
20k miles is a lot of miles if your alignment was out of spec to begin with. If it was correctly aligned 20k miles ago, it's possible that suspension components have worn in that amount of time to miss-align the wheels again.
So you either need to get it aligned again - or you may also have worn out suspension components like bushings/ball joints.
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Just because the car was aligned has absolutely no bearing that you wont experience tire wear.

What is SUPPOSED to happen, is that the technician is to fully inspect the suspension bushings and ball joints for wear BEFORE aligning the car. My guess is they didnt do this.

Being a 4matic, its likely a bad ball joint, or lower control arm bushings.

If you cant DIY anything, take it back to the dealer, or a local euro specialist and ask they inspect the front suspension for wear, then realign. I hope your rears still have 7-8/32" tread left or you'll need all 4 tires replaced because its 4matic.

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