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Old 03-29-2012, 03:20 PM
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Angry Back Yard Alignment.. I think I Need Too...Help Boys!

Well, to say the least I am a little bit confused

I went to the garage because my truck was swaying right (steering wheel was also turning) withing 1 pole lenght (100ft) Id be in the ditch. Just say when A passing lane came up, I let go of my corrective steering ha she went right into the slow lane itself.

I can't drive like this, I need to correct steer the whole damn time to the left, and its hard on everything

I got an alignment done, rotated my tires, checked everything and she was beautiful. She was toeing out (negative toe) a touch on the passanger side, but he said its nothing. It shouldn't have pulled that bad.

So on the way home 2 1/2 hr drive it kept doing it... I was fuming. Not at the garage, because I sat there and helped buddy do it.


So within the next few days (well when Im not tired from nightshift and its nice out) I will be going into the garage and playing with my toe. I will mark stock position (so I can always put back) and then start moving my tires to the left slowly. Test drive after each little move to see the impact. I am 100% positive its my toe, I feel the pressure on the wheel and shes pulling me right bad.


I know a lot of you guys are probably wondering "you need a damn alignment machine for that!" But I am not wasting $80 a pop on an alignment machine in the damn shop. I know its a touchy situation but Once I get it done myself, a final alignment will see.
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:48 PM
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I'm not so sure about some alignment shops. The first time I had it done, my steering wheel was crooked. Took it back. The second time, they left the control arm bolts loose. Took it back. The third time it pulled like crazy to the left. Took it back. Now, it pulls a little bit to the right. I am having the Dodge dealer check it for free on a coupon I have.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:01 PM
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Yeah its hard to trust people, I know a sticking brake caliper would also cause my pull but it seems fine to me when I had my rims off... so Im going to play around a bit when I have time.
Than next time im in the city go to the dodge dealer. A lot of people up here don't want to touch aftermarket rims. I sit there and watch them. I had bad experiences in the past with them chipping my powdercoating. So I sit there and eyeball the crap out of them ha
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my first thought is to go to an alignment shop with the high tech lazer system, but you can't make it much worse than it is. i am guessing they checked for loose/ bent front end parts. also.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:03 PM
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my first thought is to go to an alignment shop with the high tech lazer system, but you can't make it much worse than it is. i am guessing they checked for loose/ bent front end parts. also.

Im so frustrated, went under today started playing around.

Bolts were loose... I am going to swap my tires around AGAIN today, make sure my caliper ain't sticking. Than suck it up and spend 139.99 for an alignment next week.

This is damn pathetic, just from switching tires
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Sounds to me like someone screwed up when they put your tires on no? Did you get new wheels/tires recently or did the problem develop awhile after you got them?

I got new tires/wheels and it didnt pull AT ALL before alignment (really wasnt even out of spec). If it started happening AFTER the wheels/tires then maybe they loosened something?

Or did you buy wheels/tires yourself and put them on? Just doesnt sound right to pull like that. Maybe you broke something. I went from the stock 33" tall tires to 34.5" tires and 11 3/4" wide and didnt have issues.
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You can get a pretty close toe alignment yourself. Put a cinder block(or something heavy) in front and behind the vehicle, about in line with the wheels/tires. Run a string from block to block, make sure it's pulled TIGHT. Move the blocks until the string runs across the back tire, perfectly straight. You can then see if the front wheel is matched to that and straight with the string.

It's not perfect, but it gets you very close and good enough. I don't think I've ever paid for an alignment except a few months ago on my wife's little car, I've always done it like this. If I had a vehicle with 4 wheel independent suspension then probably I'd pay for it as there wouldn't be a good reference point to string off of.

You can also check camber by using a level vertically on the tire. Not sure how to adjust for that though, it's always been spot on when I check it...but adjusting toe is easy. Make sure you're on level, flat ground when doing this, obviously.

If you have a sticking caliper the wheel will get HOT. Get on the highway for a while let it "pull" you and fight the steering wheel, then pull over and compare temperature of each front wheel. If one is warm and one is HOT then most likely a sticking caliper. If they are around the same temp, probably not.
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139.00 is nothing for safety and even tire wear. i migt go back to orig. shop and asked how they aligned with loose bolts in the front end. waiting to hear back on this.
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Let us know how you make out......I wonder as well just like huntergreen stated.....How did they complete that with the bolts loose.......Hmmmmm, makes you wonder sometimes.......Good luck and I hope it all works out for you....
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Im so frustrated, went under today started playing around.

Bolts were loose... I am going to swap my tires around AGAIN today, make sure my caliper ain't sticking. Than suck it up and spend 139.99 for an alignment next week.

This is damn pathetic, just from switching tires
you did tighten the loose bolts right.
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