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alignment? (archive)

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Posted by Bill S on August 27, 2001 at 14:59:56:

In Reply to: Anyone used NTB for alignment? posted by Chris Rose on August 27, 2001 at 14:40:43:

A comment only;
Only the toe-in is setable, everything else including the rear toe requires parts replacement to change. To get spec the car has to be weighted, if it wasn't that may account for some of the variation. Very few alignment places are going to take the time to set the to-in properly with weights in all the right places, and even if they do the rest will be what ever it is.

Replaced outer tie-rods and idler arm so it was time for alignment. Went to NTB. When I checked out I asked for the computer print out. They acted suprised that I wanted it. I got the car back and returned it to them immediately. The steering wheel was cocked 5 deg to the right. They fixed that and then I drove back to work. But before I got out of the car I decided to see the report to see how close I was using the tape measure that I'd used to align with in the garage. It turns out that I had the left front tire closer to the spec range than they did after aligning it. What's more is that the left-rear toe was in spec before and now it's out. Also, the left-front caster, the left-rear camber and right-rear camber are all out of spec after the alignment. Also the parameters that are in spec are mostly "just-in" spec. They spent no time trying to put things in the center of the specified range.
I think I'll take it back a third time and insist that they put a different tech on it and that they get it right. Am I being to picky here?

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