Hit a deer, new steers, alignment and still balding. Help!

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  1. Irishblood_83

    Irishblood_83 Bobtail Member

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    A couple weeks ago I hit a deer going about 65 miles an hour and pulled off the majority of my my bumper. Shortly after I started noticing the outside edge of the driver's steer tire wearing pretty quick. I went ahead and got it into the shop and put 2 brand new tires on it and got an alignment done at Bower.. However the tire is still wearing on the outside edge of the driver steer tire, and I'm not sure where to go from here. Anyone have any ideas?
     
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  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    they may have only adjusted the "toe", you hit a nearly (up to) 200 pound deer..??

    you might have a bent part (or 2)........
     
  4. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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    Honestly, I'd say that once it starts, it doesn't stop.
    And, I'd say you probably had a problem before the strike.

    A truck is a funny and fickle thing.
    There can be the smallest thing jacked up in your steers, your drives, your shocks, or whatever.

    Good luck
     
  5. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    Alignment shop should be able to tell if something is bent to be that far out of wack. Is there anything rubbing on the tire from under the fender or bent fender itself? Or plastic bumper blowing back in the wind making contact.
     
  6. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

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    Did they use a machine or do it the old school way? I've had many machine alignments on my truck it always pulled and had strange tire wear. I just dealt with it for years.

    Then, I got new steers put on at a shop that didn't use a machine and the difference was staggering. A major improvement! No more pulling and tires finally wearing perfectly.
     
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    I attached a picture. Nothing rubbing as far as i can tell...and there's a shimmy in the steering wheel that wasn't there prior to the deer. but what's strange is, that it doesn't consistently do it. I was referred to a shop out of Kansas city and this guy sounded like a professional, and gave me some hope that he'll find the problem.
     

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  8. Irishblood_83

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    They used the machine, but I've seen people do it the old school way before...not on semis though, just four wheelers.
     
  9. Siinman

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    What is the guys name? If it is who I think it is you are in great hands and he will get you fixed. You should also check your steering column for any small cracks. I had an issue like that and that was the problem and took me a while to figure it out. Might not be your issue but worth looking at.
     
  10. Irishblood_83

    Irishblood_83 Bobtail Member

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    Def wasn't 200 lbs but big enough to pull my bumper off and knock my truck out of alignment.

    And you're right there def could be something bent. I've looked it all over but nothing caught my eye.
     
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    Guys name is Chad.
     
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