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Issues involving steering wheel vibrations problems usually are most noticeable at one or two narrow speed ranges (5-10mph and 60-70mph), and will decrease significantly, and in some cases, even disappear outside of these ranges. The amount of vibration caused by worn tires will often be seen over a broader speed range if the tire is worn more. The severity ...


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First of all, that is the job of the shop where you did the alignment, not just the wheels they should also check if the steering is aligned with the position of the wheel (they are entitled to do so). Solution: You can definitely take it to the station back and show them the problem; there is a good chance that the engineer might have forgotten to do the ...


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ABSOLUTELY Yes, when you do any major work to the front suspension, you need to have the alignment done. Even though the parts are "basically" the same, they are not exact. Newer parts will be tighter than old (less deflection and no wear), so will put the alignment into a different position. The only thing you are going to cause by not getting the ...


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Factory specs assume factory parts. Each modification you have made changes the angles at which the suspension operates so those angles no longer apply. This is especially true on truck lifts where a large amount of the suspension is replaced. Here is a nice tire rack information write up (or read below): https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?...


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An alignment does not require removing the wheels. The equipment is attached to the wheels while they are in place. I often wondered about the shops that will do a free brake inspection but then charge $20 for tire rotation.


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I'm living in a country where we need proper winter tires during that season so I have to switch between tires sets twice a year. Each switch I rotate the tires (rotation depends if the tires are direction or not) and mark the position on the one I remove for the next season to make sure to rotate them. Tire rotation is recommended (by Transport Canada and ...


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There are a number of possibilities here, including: bad tire bent rim unbalanced wheel bad shock absorber mount other suspension parts loose/worn/missing steering rack faulty wheel bearing warped brake rotors alignment problem Although you have just put on new tires, there is still a possibility that they weren't properly balanced or that they were, but ...


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One "at home" option is to use a manual wheel balancer like this model: These are normally used for people that want to balance their own trailer tires or for off-road vehicles, but in many cases you can do a good enough job to balance a car tire with one. Of course, once you pay $70-$90 USD for the device and buy a set of wheel weights and take the time ...


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Unidirectional tires should NOT be cross rotated. "Uni" implies one, as in one direction (nothing to do with singing). Radials in general should not be cross rotated. They start behaving as you have discribed, with the noise and all. With all this said, I don't believe your tires are unidirectional, but again, once radials have been driven for a period of ...


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It could very well be that the tires are misformed due to ply separation, this is not very rare on old tires. It would make the wheel take a form that is not round, and you will get vibrations even if the wheels are perfectly in balance. since the steering wheel is vibrating, it probably is a front tire, so you could get by with changing two of your wheels. (...


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Cross Camber is the difference is camber between two wheels. In this case your front wheels. If both wheels are set the same, the cross camber zero. In your case the front left camber is -1.0 and the front right is -0.6. Notice in the camber specs that the two sides of the car are not the same. Camber controls the tendency of the car to "self-steer" (much ...


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I don't think the alignment techs' position is defensible. Both because they aren't setting the alignment to spec and because they seem to be adjustmenting the wrong variable. Caster's primary effect is straight line stability. Increasing positive caster (making the line between the upper and lower ball joints or the lower joint and the strut mount intersect ...


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It is not normal for the front end to go out of alignment when getting the front rotors turned, but it would not be unheard of. Any time you mess with the front end of the vehicle you run the risk of needing an alignment. This is not something you should expect to be done, though. Something which may be happening is you may have a caliper which is dragging,...


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Camber is the angle of the wheel on it's vertical axis - If you have wear on the outside of the tyre, then you have too much positive camber, i.e. the top of the wheel is further out than the bottom - the opposite of the diagram below (from Wikipedia), which shows negative camber. For it to be far enough out to cause such serious problems, I would surmise ...


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The only thing I see of any real concern here would be the left rear toe - it's off enough to possibly cause some tire wear. However, since it can't be adjusted, your best bet is to just rotate the tires regularly (every other oil change is a good rule of thumb) and keep an eye out for wear. You didn't say which Nissan you're driving, but I'm assuming it's ...


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Rear solid axles on trucks especially with leaf springs are not adjustable. To cause enough misalignment for one wheel to rub something must be damaged. I would start by looking at the center bolt of the leaf springs. The bolt ties all the leafs together in the center and is used as an alignment pin with the pad on the rear axle. Everything is held together ...


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Negative camber contributes to stability. The more negative camber there is, within limits, the less a car will wander at high speed. The downside of too much negative camber is tire wear. In a production vehicle camber is usually between -0.75 to -3 degrees. Just enough to give stability on the highway without too much tire wear. Toe contribute the most ...


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When you say OBD i'm assuming you mean generic data. The answer is outright NO. OBD generic data has no parameters that the alignment can be gleamed from. If the car has a steering wheel angle sensor then maybe you could tell if something is wrong. This data would be available in manufacturer specific. If the angle has been off for a long time at high ...


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Is it reasonable to expect that they should have noticed the torn LCA bushings and not done the alignment? It is reasonable to expect they should have noticed, but not unreasonable to realize everything will get noticed. I had my 72 Chevelle aligned once. The guy worked and worked on it trying to get the alignment right. Finally he kind of gave up and said ...


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I'm afraid the only way to resolve this is to get matching width wheels plus matching sized tyres across the back axle. Even with the same sized tyres on different width wheels, the effective surface and sidewall profile shown to the road will be different. You may have success trying to find a second hand set of wheels cheaply or even buy an incomplete ...


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The alignment of your front end is affected by much more than just the tie rod ends. The camber especially would be affected by changing the struts. Camber is the amount of lean in or out the top of the tire has. The following image describes it pretty well: And as you can see from the image, the process of changing the struts, could change the camber if ...


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The vibration at speed is very unlikely to be the alignment. I would suggest getting your tires balanced. The most likely cause is that one is slightly out - perhaps a tire-weight fell off, or the wrong weight was put on last time you changed tires. - Bad alignment will eat your tyres faster than good alignment, but if all the shops you have been to say ...


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You can get "in the ballpark" counting threads (if that's what you are referring to), but the computerized way is vastly more efficient. It can be done more precisely with levels, protractors, measuring tape, string, etc. If you buy a couple specialty tools (like a caster/camber gauge) it gets a little easier. HotRod.com has a decent article. In brief: ...


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You can get an alignment at any time. It's often a good idea to get one when you get new tires, just so you don't mess them up if you have any alignment issues. However, you should also get one done if you have any kind of suspension work done (new shock absorbers, new tie rods, etc.) While you probably don't need to have one done if your tire wear is even, ...


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I've even been told that you have to get the alignment done when the tires are new so they will allow the wheels to sit evenly and that worn tires will invalidate the alignment process since the wheels would then be "aligned" to the wear pattern. This is not true; the tire wear pattern has no affect on the measurements or adjustments. If the ...


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Since your motorcycle has handlebars that are a single piece, remove them from the motorcycle and remove all accessories from them. Check for obvious signs of bending such as cracked paint or metal. If these are present, the bars are definitely bent. The bars should be symmetrical, so you'll want to get an angle finder. You can place it on each bend of the ...


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You have symmetrical, bidirectional tires. You can flip the tire around on the wheel, it looks the same. So of course because of the bidirectional design, looking at the outside of the tire will look different on one side of the car than the other. That's how they're made and the majority of passenger cars have the same design of tread. But higher ...


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There is a splined coupler where the steering shaft attaches to a u-joint prior to exiting the firewall (you should be able to see this under the steering wheel/firewall area) and going into the rack and pinion or steering box. Normally, to align the wheel to the tires you point the tires straight a head, loosen the coupler, pull the coupler off the splined ...


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Your link is actually for toe plates and not the bar. I think either work very well, but I am preferential to the plates like what you have shown. It comes with identical tape measures and for the price I don't think you can beat it. Same with the camber gauge ... it would fit the bill quite nicely. The only other thing you'd need are the hand tools to do ...


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This may not be a perfect answer, but here's what I know... I am assuming this vehicle has a solid rear axle. There should be a panhard or track bar that connects the axle to the frame to keep it in alignment. The fault with this bar, is it moves the axle to one side when the suspension is compressed, and the other side when the suspension is not ...


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