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Why Is It Important to Have a Vehicle's Suspension Aligned?
Correct car suspension alignment helps your vehicle perform better. Check wheel toe, camber, and caster to make your suspension and tires last longer.
How Often Does the Suspension System Require Routine Maintenance?
Keeping a car, truck, or other vehicle running safely and efficiently requires a certain amount of routine maintenance. Most owners know that they’re supposed to get their oil changed periodically, but what about the...
How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Suspension
Car suspension is under constant load. Check your tire alignment, shocks and struts, and steering system to make your suspension system last longer.
5 Signs Your Car Needs An Alignment
Vehicle pull, loose steering, abnormal tire wear, and an off-center or not returning to center steering wheel are all signs you need an alignment.
How to Know if You Need a Wheel Alignment
The first time that you may suspect a wheel alignment problem is when you are driving down the road and your car feels like it drifts...
How to Adjust Your Headlights
If you have ever cursed an oncoming driver because their lights were blinding you, or noticed that your lights tend to illuminate the tops of roadside trees instead of the road,...

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Alignment - 2007 Lincoln MKX
For an alignment to be as precise as possible, the used tires on the car have to have reasonably uniform wear. The best alignment results will be obtained with new tires, but so long as the tires that you have...
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I'm getting new tires installed but I can't afford an alignment for a week. Is that OK?
You should be fine. If you aren't having a problem with you steering veering to the left or right excessively, or a wear and tear problem then you will be fine. Even if you are having problems with the front...
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Need help diagnosing steering problem after hitting a curb.
It sounds as though you may have bent a tie rod. The tie rods are the links between the steering and the wheels, and they are normally pretty tough, but a good solid whack can bend them. Additionally, the new...
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Driver side axle is leaking. Do I need to replace the axle and back struts before I get new tires and alignment?
Hello. Yes, I would recommend getting the axle seal, and the back struts replaced before having the alignment done and tires replaced. These two tasks will require having an alignment done after they have been replaced anyway, so it's less...
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Can the wheel alignment fail because of the drive shaft or suspensions of my Ecosport?
Hi Shane: Unfortunately, it's hard to most of your questions without physically inspecting your vehicle. In regards to the suspension alignment issues, if the drive axle is damaged, it will offset all suspension alignment issues; but typically that will cause...
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Can I replace the ball joints on just one side, or should it be done one both sides?
If you change the ball joints due to wear on one side of the vehicle, then the other side will likely go bad in a short time. After replacing the ball joints on one or both sides you will need...
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FWD Camber Adjustment
The preferred front camber setting for your car is 0.4 degrees negative, which means that the top of your tire is tilted inward, toward the centerline of the car, ever so slightly. That slight inward tilt promotes stability when cornering....
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Steering becoming hard in few days even after alignment.
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing some sort of steering or suspension issues. If the toe adjustment keeps falling out of specification then it may be possible that one or more of...
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New CV axle caused what looks like positive camber
Hello. Your Daytona needs to be aligned. The bottom attachment of the front struts is often the adjustment point for camber on many front-wheel drive vehicles these days. When the strut is replaced, the alignment is "lost", and the suspension...
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Steering wheel isn't straight after getting an alignment
Hello. In order to properly adjust the steering wheel an alignment must be properly performed. It sounds like you have not had a good alignment. If you get an alignment the steering wheel should always be straight when you are...
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Slight steering wheel shimmy at 70 mph?
The tires could have irregular wear and/or internal belt damage as well as radial force variation. None of that can be balanced "away", excepting that there are road force variation machines that can be used to diagnose radial force variation...
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I've just had my car aligned and new tires put on, and my car when at highway speeds feels loose, and wanders from side to side.
Hi. It sounds like there may be some loose suspension and steering parts in the front end of your car. There is a possibility that the steering parts that were loosened to do the alignment were not tightened all the...
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The steering wheel is shaking when driving at slow speeds
Steering wheel shaking could be caused by a couple of things. Check the condition of the front tires for uneven tread wear and how much tread is left. Having the tires balanced and aligned may resolve the issue. If not,...
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Got new lower ball joints. I can't even turn the steering wheel when backing up after the new joints were put on. It is a 2 wheel drive.
This is a common issue when new ball joints are installed and not properly aligned. I would suggest taking the truck to an alignment shop to be sure the alignment is on point. When not properly aligned, this can cause...
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I have a cracked rim that needs to be replaced. What else might need to be looked at?
Hi there: Anytime the front wheels strike a curb, the tires and wheels absorb most of the impact. However, it's also possible for tie rods, lower control arms or CV joints to be damaged as well during this type of...
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Do I need brakes or rotors? I was told I needed rotors and a wheel alignment
This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...
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How often do i need to do alignment?
How often you should have your vehicle aligned will vary in situation and opinion. Generally, it is a good idea to have the service done once a year or more often if you frequently drive on rough roads. Any time...
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Front Tires Wear on Inside Walls
If you are getting excessive inside wall tire wear you should have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come to you and inspect the lower control arms for worn out lower ball joints or lower control arm inside bushings. Depending...
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Car is shaking and the steering wheel violently jerks
Hi there: If the issues started when they rotated the previous rear tires to the front without balancing them, I'd bet that's what is causing the vibration and steering wheel issues. Before you continue driving the vehicle much longer, I'd...
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Can I get an alignment with bad rear struts?
The rear struts that are weak and not supporting the vehicle as they should can cause the suspension to sag in the rear and also cause the alignment to not be within specification. The can cause tire wear from the...

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