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Old 01-16-2013, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
So there are about a hundred threads on alignment issues but did not see either of these questions addressed directly.

Well, let's see....

You should align --------> When needed

Whaaaaa? How would a guy know when that is?

Ya check. Have someone do it, or break out the iPhone & measuring tape t'do it yourself.

Whattaya check? Toe & Camber

Whattaya do? Align if out o'spec

Fly in the ointment: Always align yer toe to zero thrust angle

Toe & Camber are simple adjustments - just Google that. Thrust angle's a little more involved and, seemingly much less well known. Yet it is the foundation of every alignment.

YO! Leave it to a pro, who can do it quick and do it right, or do the dirty and educate yer bad self. The job involves precise measurement, every wheel on a ball-bearing-slippery surface, and perfectly level, when making adjustments. Must keep the car up, yet wheels @ normal ride height.

There's more, but normally that'll do it.

Ah. You had a question. CHECK yearly at a minimum and whenever you think you should.

Base your decision to align or not to align on that data

Unless you're willing to buy equipment and do some real work, cerebral and sweat equity, let a pro take care o'your ride!
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