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Could Tire Misalignment Damage the Transmission?

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Sep 27, 2022, 3:14 PM

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Hi everyone, I've got a used car that I purchased an extended warranty on. The transmission recently went out on me, and the warranty company has denied coverage claiming that the tire wear showed that they were misaligned and that was the reason the transmission went out.

I've taken it to two mechanics who both thought that claim made no sense. I'm looking at taking legal action on this, but I wanted to check if anyone here might think there could be anything to the warranty company's claim. Could the tire alignment actually damage the transmission?

Hammer Time
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Sep 27, 2022, 5:21 PM

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The only way the tire wear can effect the transmission is if you have a lot of tread on some tires and little to none on others.

This creates a difference in the circumference of the tire and will cause the wheels to rotate at different speeds which will damage an all wheel drive transmission.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 27, 2022, 9:23 PM

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What is this car and type of drive? If AWD tire wear matters.

About those "aftermarket" warranty things. Not a fan, "NO" it's your fault or not covered a fav thing of those. Take the premium and dance the dance not to help or blame something.

Tire wear on any vehicle matters, worse if full time AWD they need to be the same amount of even wear some part worn you really need all 4 new ones AND align it best job will be when all the same,


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