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Finally getting around to this tire wear problem that is from an older thread. My son's '99 I-4 Camry is nowhere near my location, so I want to send him to an alignment shop that knows what it's doing in Denton, TX if someone can make a recommendation.

As discussed in the older thread, my son's Camry has both front tires worn like in the diagram below with the red arrows:




It is not an inflation issue, as the tire pressure was perfect. It drives straight and he does not go around corners on two wheels. I can't check it out since it's so far away, but I don't want to send him to Goodyear or Firestone or one of those kind of places I don't necessarily trust or know. Took my daughter's '97 Camry to a Meineke shop near me (Universal City, TX near Randolph AFB) for an alignment after I replaced the struts and one of the technicians OBVIOUSLY had a hangover, or was operating on no sleep the previous night or both. I'm never going back there. I would appreciate a referral for a good shop in Denton, TX.

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john, if 'perfect' is 36psi, (checked monthly - cold) then i'd have a hard time explaining this wear, assuming he's not drifting into the corners.
if less than 36psi, (even though the manual sez 24-26 or something low in order to make the car feel more grounded to the ground or whatever), then i'd say that's it.
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john, if 'perfect' is 36psi, (checked monthly - cold) then i'd have a hard time explaining this wear, assuming he's not drifting into the corners.
if less than 36psi, (even though the manual sez 24-26 or something low in order to make the car feel more grounded to the ground or whatever), then i'd say that's it.
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Thanks Tony, but we have had several Gen3/4 Camrys in my family and none of the other ones had this issue with the same tire pressure (31/32), including the same son driving one of the other Camrys that didn't do this, so although what you're saying makes sense, I don't think that's it. I do appreciate your quick response, though, and I will advise him to crank up the pressure from 32 to around 35/36 as you suggested after I can get a referral to a good alignment shop and some new Toyo tires in the front.
 

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I got tire wears on the edges. Usually hard/aggressive cornering will do that and also early stages of worn suspension parts. How much miles is on that set of tires?
 
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I got tire wears on the edges. Usually hard/aggressive cornering will do that and also early stages of worn suspension parts. How much miles is on that set of tires?
Thanks. I'm sure he is not an aggressive driver, and this tire wear problem didn't happen on a '96 Camry which he drove for quite a while (that one is now being driven by one of his brothers). I'd like the shop to diagnose what suspension parts might need replacing, if that is the case or if it just needs an alignment. The tires only have about maybe.......20K miles on them or so. They were purchased about a year or a year and a half ago. Falkens.
 

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I agree, take the car to the Toyota dealership, best option.
My hesitancy with a dealership is that some of them tend to just recommend replacing everything within a system as a way to avoid spending too long diagnosing. That's why I'm looking for a recommendation for a good alignment/suspension shop. If I have to, yes, I'll send him to the dealer as a last resort. Thanks.
 
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