Updated June 7, 2008
June 7, 2008
I just had the outer tie rod ends replaced and an alignment
done and now the car feels, for lack of a better description, "twitchy". A very
slight side to side movement when the road isn't glass-smooth....like my car has
downed a box and a half of No-Doze. There is also now a noticeable side to side
movement of the steering wheel when braking at lower speeds. I'm taking it back
in on Saturday morning to bitch at 'em. If the alignment specs are different
between the SLO and SHO I wouldn't put it past them to apply the wrong ones.
The rotors are brand new and shouldn't be warped. Unless the techs at the shop used an impact wrench, anyway.
Scott, Sounds like the toe is set nearly zero. This can cause some of that. I like just a touch of toe out, maybe 1/8"
The reason why FWD cars (or at least cars that have driven front wheels) start with toe in (wheels like this / \) is that on acceleration, the wheels move forward a slight bit and you end up with either less toe in or zero toe. With non driven front wheels, you start with toe out and on acceleration the wheels move backwards and you end up with less toe out or zero.
Paul L Fisher
FRONT WHEEL ALIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS (CURB HEIGHT WITH
1/2 TANK OF FUEL)
|Caster (a)||+3.8 degrees||+2.8 degrees||+4.8 degrees|
|Caster Difference Side-to-Side (left minus right)||0 degrees||-0.85 degrees||+0.85 degrees|
|Camber||-0.5 degrees||-1.1 degrees||+0.1 degrees|
|Camber Difference Side-to-Side (left minus right)||0 degrees||-0.70 degrees||+0.70 degrees|
|Total Toe||-0.100 inch||-0.225 inch||+0.25 inch|
|(left plus right)||-0.200 degrees||-0.450 degrees||+.05 degrees|
|Clear Vision (b)||-0.6 degrees||-3.6 degrees||+2.4 degrees|
REAR WHEEL ALIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS (CURB HEIGHT WITH
1/2 TANK OF FUEL)
|Camber (a)||-0.60 degrees||-1.30 degrees||-0.10 degrees|
|Camber Difference (a) Side-to-Side (left minus||0 degrees||-1.20 degrees||+1.20 degrees right)|
|Toe||+0.030 inch||-0.095 inch||+0.155 inch|
|(individual sides)||+0.06 degrees||-0.19 degrees||+0.31 degrees|
|Total Toe||+0.060 inch||-0.060 inch||+0.185 inch|
|(left plus right)||+0.12 degrees||-0.13 degrees||+0.37 degrees|