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I can't seem to get my 02 aligned! Any tricks?

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It either pulls left, or pulls right, but it don't pull straight! Tried the old string around the wheels trick for a "perfect square" but it still sucks. Should I just shell the dough and have the shop do it?

Thanks

Byron

76 02 inka

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Guest Anonymous

you can only get it in the ballpark with the mickey-mouse methods. its worth the cash to have a pro do it.

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But improper toe can cause all kinds of strange driveability problems. It shouldn't cost much to have it done professionally.

Tires can cause it too!

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And yes, there's no substitute for a good computerized alignment machine

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Truth is, there is a fairly generous range of toe that will work well on a 2002, and the factory setting is probably not ideal for an altered suspension, wider tires, track use, etc.

I like the seat-of-the-pants method. First get familiar with how many turns of the tie rods gives you 1/4" change in toe. Then, using a tape measure, 2x4's, etc, try to set it to zero toe. Be sure to roll the car back&forth, and jounce it a bit, after each toe change, to try to relieve any stress and binding. When you think you have zero toe, go find an empty parking lot. Haul ass around the lot and make tight turns. Try to get the front end to slide. Stop and adjust the toe by some small increment, say 1/16", then drive some more.

Be sure your tires are all healthy and properly inflated, or else the feel will be off. Also, any play in the joints, bushings, strut mount, tie rod ends, etc, renders alignment useless.

Mike

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Guest Anonymous

once you get rolling ....

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Guest Anonymous

It sounds like you are trying to align it, but the only

adjustment is toe. The biggest contributor to "pull"

is caster, like a bent fork on a bike. The toe could

be in the ball park and would not cause a pull.

The car will either pull left or right but it is almost

impossible for it to go back and forth, unless the

struts are not free to return to their neutral position

after a right or left turn. Check the struts, "set the

toe and let it go".

Michael

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