1994 Ford Escort

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Old 08-16-02, 05:00 PM
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1994 Ford Escort

I am having problems trying to figure out what is wrong with my front tire on my car. I have noticed that the tire seems to be melting around the rim but there is no shake or viberation in the steering. I'm thinking it could be the wheel bearing would that do it? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-16-02, 05:39 PM
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melting never seen that before, does the wheel feel any warmer compared to the others after driving a while?
you can jack up the car and check for play in the wheel by grasping the tire at 12 and 6 oclock position and moving back and forth should have no noticable play if there is excessive play it is likely a wheel bearing or ball joint, you should also check for play while grasping at the 3 and 9 oclock position if it is excessive there it could be a wheel bearing or tie rod, this is for the front wheels if you have any movement in the rear wheels it will be due to wheel bearing failure.
does the tires appear to be wearing evenly i would think that if it was getting hot enough to be melting the tire it would have to be smoking bad.
 
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Old 08-17-02, 10:17 AM
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i jacked up the car and there is no play at all when i pull on it. i drove the car and then i come back home too see if the rim was getting hot but only the tire itself is warmer than the other 3 tires.the tire seems to be wearing on the inside. the tire is on the front and it is only melting aroound the rim.would it do this due to the belt shifting in the tire?
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Old 08-17-02, 12:21 PM
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Sounds like a defective tire (or an underinflated one). I suggest you get a new tire and have the car checked out professionally.
 
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Old 08-17-02, 12:21 PM
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i would run it by a tire shop and have them look at it, it could be a defective tire and it sounds as though your alignment may be off causing uneven wear. can't really tell you much without seeing it.
 
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Old 08-17-02, 12:36 PM
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THANKS FOR THE HELP GUYS.
I will get a new tire and get my allighnment checked out too.
 
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Old 08-17-02, 07:33 PM
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check the brake

You might also have a dragging brake that will cause lots of heat.
 
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Old 08-18-02, 07:12 AM
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I have already checked the brakes and they are fine.
THANKS ANYWAY
 
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