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Toe-in technical question (archive)

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Posted by DG on April 12, 1999 at 21:38:35:

In Reply to: Answer to the Steering Problems?...more posted by DCC on April 12, 1999 at 21:27:34:

In various places on the Internet, I've seen people say that their toe in is different on the left and right. This doesn't make complete sense to me. A car wouldn't go down the road straight with different toe adjustments like that. What would happen is that the steering wheel would be rotated to a non-straight angle, and the toe would be equalized on both sides, automatically.

Of course, if the steering wheel is set to the dead straight ahead position, the toe adjustment WILL be different left and right. But the car can't go down the road straight in this position.

So, some people say their car pulls to the left or right because of misadjusted toe one one side (different on left and right). I say - NOT. When going down the road straight the toe adjustment will be exactly the same on both sides (unless some other adjustment like camber is off also, then that might have a small effect). (Obviously, the car will "pull" if you try to keep the steering wheel in the proper orientation when it doesn't want to be).

Anybody disagree?

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