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This is a discussion on Alignment within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; I had my car aligned in June and the "Technician" said he adjusted out as far a he could but ...

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    I had my car aligned in June and the "Technician" said he adjusted out as far a he could but it was still pulling slightly towards the passenger side. Now my drivers side tire looks like this:



    What can be done to prevent this problem when I get more tires? What can be done as far as the alignment issue?

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    The car is lowered with the Eibach LT1 Pro-Kit, and SLP Bilstein Shocks. The front tires are 245/50r16 all weather Kumho's. And I have the Strano sway Bars on it also.

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    had he say what the condition of the tie rods and ball joints?


    is this from the front or rear?

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    Once a tire is worn it can't be corrected with an alignment.

    The tires will continue to wear in the same pattern until replaced.

    The wear pattern there suggests it's near to cording, I would replace them ASAP..
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    You may need a set of adjustable lower control arms to make it all work. I agree with Smittro -- you don't have a lot of life left in those tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    had he say what the condition of the tie rods and ball joints?


    is this from the front or rear?
    This is the front Drivers side. The mechanic said everything else looked good.
    The tires hadn't been on the front long when I had it aligned. I had just moved them from the rear, when I got the 265/45r16 Kuhmo's.

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    I'd need some alignment angles to help better, but it looks like way too much negative camber on the LF, and that would explaing the pull R also. There is a limited amount of factory adjustment for camber/caster. If it was too much toe-out, that would cause inside wear also, but it'd be both front tires. Also, if the wear was there before, it'd show like this. Did you get these tires new?

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    I just had our car aligned after installing the K-member and other components. If I recall correctly from the service manual, there is a tool that inserts into holes in the stock K-member and control arm -- kind of an alignment jig. I can post the specs if want them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I just had our car aligned after installing the K-member and other components. If I recall correctly from the service manual, there is a tool that inserts into holes in the stock K-member and control arm -- kind of an alignment jig. I can post the specs if want them.
    Yes. please post the specs.

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    Stock specs for camber (tire wearing angle) are like .4* pos, +/- .5. Caster (non-tire wearing) I can't remember usually around 4* pos, +/- .5, within .5 side to side, and the toe (most crucial for tire wear) should be near 0 or slightly toed-in. I bet your driver side camber is too far negative, since you've never said anything about the pass side tire.

    So, what are the settings on your car? Any reputable shop will give you an alignment printout. If they don't, go somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    Stock specs for camber (tire wearing angle) are like .4* pos, +/- .5. Caster (non-tire wearing) I can't remember usually around 4* pos, +/- .5, within .5 side to side, and the toe (most crucial for tire wear) should be near 0 or slightly toed-in. I bet your driver side camber is too far negative, since you've never said anything about the pass side tire.

    So, what are the settings on your car? Any reputable shop will give you an alignment printout. If they don't, go somewhere else.
    I have it somewhere but with all my clutter and disorganization, it'll take some time to find it.

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