Premature Tire Wear Due to Cracked Lower Control Arm Bushings on Mercedes-Benz E430

Irregular and premature tire wear can be caused by the lower control arm bushings cracking, resulting excessive movement at the control arm pivot point. Ball joints can also wear out prematurely, causing similar tire wear symptoms. I some cases it may be necessary to replace the lower control arm, including bushings & ball joint to correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 121,500 (101,000–146,000)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
9 people reported this problem
3 people shared problem details
abnormal or premature front tire wear. Have been told it is due to worn front left and right worn ball joints.
Ball Joint wears out from the inside out. Broken arm. Car garage kept for the first 100,000 miles. CAUSED BROKEN ARM ON CAR WHILE DRIVING. 3rd of 3 issues associated with front end tire steering system in 3 years. 1st broken spring, 2nd metal failure on same front end wheel from rust. BROKEN SPRING ALSO WHILE DRIVING.
40K milage tires worn out in 19k miles.
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