Aligning the wheels on a motor vehicle to a particular degree from center to ensure the forward path of a vehicle remains static.

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Steering wheel shakes at high speeds

the steering wheel sometimes shakes at high speeds around 70 miles per hour. It does not always happen. Some day when I am driving at 70, I feel no shakes. some day it shakes badly at the same speed. ...
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Can I balance my wheels at home?

My 2003 Opel Agila steering wheel shakes and the car vibrates from 65-80mph, and I think it's because my wheels aren't balanced as I have had new tyres, tracking and wheel balancing about two months ...
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Can I only get an alignment on new tires or is the salesman just being pushy?

When purchasing new tires, the salesman is quick to recommend getting an alignment as well to prevent premature tire wear. I've even been told that you have to get the alignment done when the tires ...
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93 325i E36 - help with tires

So I have 2 different rims in the back. One is wide and the other is thinner, along with two different size tires. It pulls hard to the left. Is there a way to fix this without having to get ...
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Is moving the rear tires to the front wheels a no-no?

After finding out that my front wheels were both aiming a little bit outward (together by half a degree), and apparently thus having caused the wear on the inside (inch or so) of the front tires, I ...
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Alignment is out of spec a tad - should I worry?

So I bought new tires recently for my 2002 Nissan Sentra and wanted to make sure that my alignment would not eat them up. Even though effectively my entire suspension/axle system was overhauled ...
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Wheel Alignment: Just how bad is bad?

Context/Information: If I understand correctly, having a fixed axle in a car makes getting things aligned significantly harder. This seems to be the case in my 2009 Toyota Corolla and the rear axle. ...
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1988 Jeep Wrangler - How do I do a DIY alignment?

Have a friend with a '88 YJ. He wants us to tackle an alignment job on it. It's pulling to the right. We can see the rear axle is not aligned and tire rubs on one side. It looks like it might be ...
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Alignment and Lower Control Arm Bushings

I replaced my struts, strut mounts and tie rod ends, then went and got an alignment before taking my car to it's inspection. At the inspection, they found that the nuts for the tie rod ends hadn't ...
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i30 GD Diesel hatch rear wheel alignment query

I've got a 2014 Hyundai i30 GD Active Hatch, 1.6l diesel manual, just had the 15000km service done. As part of the service I got a report from the dealer that the front alignment was 0 mm and 6 mm ...
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Does 4-wheel alignment involve taking wheels off?

I was wondering if a 4-wheel alignment involves taking off all the wheels. I called NTB to check whether their wheel alignment includes tire rotation and they said it didn't. But if they have to ...
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How to align wheel manually

I have a 2008 Suzuki WagonR and did a long drive some days back. During driving I found my car was wobbling a little bit, and on checking I found that my right front tyre was wearing out little bit. ...
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What Front End Work Requires an Alignment Afterwards

What Front End Work Requires an Alignment Afterwards and in what case can you take measure to avoid having to do an alignment? For example the Haynes manual says you can mark the strut mount and the ...
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Should I get a wheel alignment?

I recently just started to notice that my car is slightly pulling to the left right after I took my winter tires off. It's not much. If i let go it will go straight for a few meters before pulling. Is ...
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I feel small bumps while driving

I just received a brand new Hyundai Santafe a week ago. I started feeling a small bump (that also allow the rear (right) second row seats to vibrate). The small bumps start at very low speeds (20km/h) ...
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would turning the rotors make my front end go out of alignment?

Since I had my rotors turned my front end now pulls to the right where it didn't before. Are the two related?should they gave realigned my front end?
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Wheel Positioning - Camber and Toe

I have a baseline of information regarding camber and toe. Why would I add more or less camber to my wheel unless I'm a NASCAR drivier making only left hand turns and want better traction for that ...
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Steering wheel “center” different from vehicle “straight”

I just had a 4 wheel alignment done on a vehicle. While taking it for a test drive, I noticed that the steering wheel is not quite centered for the vehicle to drive straight. It's not pulling in ...
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I just patch my tire what's next

I just took my car to the tire shop to patch a tire that kept deflating very slowly. Do I need to get and alignment and balance ?
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Front wheels have different camber after suspension replacement

I recently got my vehicle's front right suspension replaced by some mechanics. Before driving off from the mechanics I had a look at the front and noticed that the right wheel (driver's side) has the ...
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alignment not straight after alignment

So I just had my front tie rods replaced, and the front wheels aligned on my 97 Grand Caravan (the alignment was previously way off), and now it's a lot better, but the alignment is still a bit off... ...
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Unibody Frame - Straightening Procedure and Limitations

When a uni-body frame is bent or distorted there is a limitation to how much damage can be repaired and have the frame retain at least some of it's initial integrity. As well, the procedure to ...
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Ford Bronco doesn't drive right after front end work [closed]

I just had new upper and lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rods replaced and an alignment on my front end of my 4x4 bronco done. As I drove it further I noticed a grinding sound as I drove. ...
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Wheel alignment from OBD parameters

Can I calculate wheel alignment from OBD parameters. Car is Hyundai i10, and it doesn't give any Steering Alignment/ Steering Position data. The only method to check the alignment is to let the car ...
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What tools are needed to DIY wheel alignment?

As per this article, DIY-ing wheel alignment requires a camber gauge and either a toe bar or toe plates. Is that a complete list of tools required? Is it better to use a toe bar than toe plates?
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Individual wheels' toes are out of range but combination is within specs

I went to have my 1999 Chevy Tahoe aligned after getting new tires mounted. I am concerned about the toe results. The left front toe is 0.37, specified to be 0.02-0.22; the right is -0.5, with same ...
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Should I check my rear toe after replacing a rear strut, and how?

I see a lot of information about how to check and adjust front toe at home using the string method, but it seems to rely on rear wheels that are properly aligned. I understand that the rear wheels on ...
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When unidirectional tires are rotated, do they also need to be flipped?

Just took our 2005 Subaru Outback in for an oil change, and got the guys to rotate our tires, which they forgot to do last time (so it had been about 7500-10000 miles since last rotation, as we get ...
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How does the tracking on the car get hit 'out'

As per the title. If the tracking on a car is adjusted by adjusting the threaded part on the track rod end, how exactly does the tracking go 'out' of alignment over time, and/or how does hitting a ...
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Had shocks, rear axle, tires replaced - alignment still out of spec and car vibrates?

Last year my old tires became ruined (cupped and feathered) because of ancient, horrible shocks and struts. Since then, I've had all new shocks put in, my rear axle was replaced (because toe couldn't ...
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Needs alignment or brakes? [duplicate]

I've noticed my Toyota Camry shimming a bit when coming to stop when braking hard.My husband seems to think it's an alignment issue .Could it be the brakes?
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Is the 2008 Honda Fit Rear Left Wheel Alignment Not Adjustable?

I just got 4 new tires on my 2008 Honda Fit Sport. Here is the report from the alignment: The mechanic said that nothing can be done about the rear-left wheel because the alignment is not ...
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What is causing vibration on my 2001 Miata LS track car?

I have a 2001 Miata LS with some moderate track modifications, including Bilstein coil-overs, a Hard Dog roll bar, Hawk HP+ brake pads, OMP seats with Schroth harnesses, Nitto NT01 tires, and more. It ...
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2008 Chevy Cobalt Toe In?

While getting the oil changed on a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, they performed an alignment analysis (and made the change take 1.5 hours longer >.>). The technician printed a report stating my front end had too ...
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2010 Mercury Milan Headlight alignment

Is there any way to adjust the vertical alignment of the headlights on my Milan? The driver's side headlight shines up too high. Also, there is a dark spot in the middle of the beam. Could these two ...
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When to get an alignment

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when your vehicle needs an alignment other than when there are obvious warning signs. For example, steering wheel off center when driving straight, car veering to one ...
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Car shudders above 45 mph after a spin out into a ditch

I spun out in freezing rain and ended up in a ditch. I was doing 60 down to 45 when it went all the way around and on to the shoulder, which was soft dirt and buried the front tires. My vehicle is a ...
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What is a damper and how do I determine whether it is in good or bad condition?

I'm looking to improve/adjust my wheel alignment on a lowered BMW E36. I have been advised to check the condition of my dampers but I'm not sure how to do that!
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Wheel alignment. Should I have said something?

Nissan : Altima : 2007 : USA with OEM 215/60R16 Tire **Context/Information: When I took my car to Belle Tire. I had them switch out my winter tires and do an alignment check. I told the service ...
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Corolla 2005 Tyre Alignment issues

I have owned Toyota Corolla 2005 since the last 3 years. The previous owner had changed the original tire rim to size 215/55R17 91W. I bought a new set of tires(Primewell PZ900) 2 years back and got ...
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Wear on inner of rear tyres

I have a rear wheel drive lowered car (BMW 325 E36). A few months ago, the driver side rear tyre burst (I hadn't noticed the wear on the inside). Now I can see the inner of the rear tyres is ...
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post suspension work alignment, is it absolutely necessary?

I have a ball joint and a tie rod end that both have bad boots. The ball joint boot is ripped at the center around the entire circumference. The tie rod end's boot isn't ripped, but it has come up ...
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What would cause a frontend to pull intermittently?

I just bought a new (to me) Sprinter van - 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Van (140" wheelbase, high roof). Generally speaking, it pulls to the right, but especially when going slowly, the wheel only pulls ...