Should I be concerned?

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  1. Merlin Cat

    Merlin Cat Moderator

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    I’ve just done a 100 + mile trip to visit my dad. I thought I’d come in the camper as a cheer up for myself.

    I stopped at Warwick Services for a break and thought , ooh that Rear near side wheel arch - tyre looks like my van is ‘slammed’ instead of my normal stick height.

    I then checked the off side, as I’m very particular about my van, and noticed that wasn’t quite so slammed.

    should I be concerned? I was a little bit so carried on the M40 a bit slower than previously.

    Is it normal for one side to be lower? I’d never noticed it before.

    Should I visit a mechanic before my drive back North?

    ive attached photos of near and off side and differences between them.
  2. Baysearcher

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    That first photo looks like it’s pushed the arch out?
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  3. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    It’s probably the photo but the camber looks all arse about face too?
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  4. Merlin Cat

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    it does doesn’t it. Maybe how I took the photo? Tho trying to put my fingers in to see if it was so close it was touching the tyre it felt like I had a twin arch, like someone had just put new arch on top of rubbish old one. I can’t recall ever noticing this before. The other side feels fine and like a single skin.

    I will look again in daylight.

    My main worry is that the tyre will rub and then pop and I will crash!!

    Would a tyre be able to push an arch out?
  5. Sure the wheels not loose?
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  6. Merlin Cat

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    I’m on dads drive so may be the slope? There is defo quite a bigger gap on the offside.

    I put my heavy bags on that side in a DIY attempt to help!!
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  7. Merlin Cat

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    good thinking, I will check in the morning. Blimey, if so I’m lucky after my motorway drive!!! :eek:
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  8. Could be angling itself out at the top rocking on the wheel nuts?
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  9. Merlin Cat

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    I’ve had work done on the brakes for the MOT and not driven it much since so will check in the morning. In the off side I now have a red wheel nut which I didn’t pre MOT work so reckon the rear wheels have been off.
  10. As a first step, I would check your wheel nuts are actually done up properly.
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  11. There is a cm or so difference between each side on mine - only to be expected on a near 50 year old vehicle for torsion bars to settle at different rates if heavier load has been in on one side . the clearance between wheel and wheel arch does look a bit close in the top picture - but they do look like different makes of tyre - I always put same make tyre on each side of an axle
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  12. Normally they sag on the driver’s side.
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  13. Merlin Cat

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    Cheers, I just don’t recall it looking so close before. The front of my van has always seemed to sit higher but I thought it was pretty uniform across ways. I defo can’t recall it looking like it was almost resting on the tyre.
  14. Merlin Cat

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    Rude!! I’ve gone a bit less plump I will have you know!!! :).

    I don’t think it’s ever been this close before. I have to admit I was a bit nervous for the next 13 motorway miles after I’d spotted it.
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  15. I was not implying you were “traditionally built” ;). But, yes, cars do sag on the driver’s side after many years.

    Check your wheel nuts, Alex. A wheel coming off on the motorway can be really embarrassing.
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  16. Merlin Cat

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    will do first thing tomorrow :thumbsup:
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  17. Merlin Cat

    Merlin Cat Moderator

    I once lost a few wheel nuts on my T4 in Spain. The tyre place had forgotten to tighten them. That was on a motorway so I have experience :) . My rear wheel was wobbling like a clowns bike wheel!
  18. I shouldn’t really talk. After doing my brakes a couple of weeks ago, I set off down the road...with all the wheel nuts finger-tight :eek:
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  19. Having seen this first hand I can say I thought it was quite exciting seeing a wheel go several hundred yards at 50mph without hitting anything then exiting the motorway up the off ramp.
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  20. I have heard they actually overtake you, which is quite interesting...
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