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I don't think you are getting picky, especially (archive)

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Posted by MicahO on August 27, 2001 at 15:00:32:

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

if they didn't even get the steering wheel right the first time. Since they did it wrong once, they should be trying very hard to get it right (right for me means as close to the center of the range as possible) the last time.

->How did they change the rear toe? I didn't think that was changeable.

->How did it go when you were aligning things by measure in the garage? I have read a few different do-the-math methods and contemplated going after it myself......

Micah O'C

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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