Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Alignment issue

asked by on

Hello, I seem to have an alignment issue on my camaro. The front right tires are wearing down significantly more than the other tires. Specifically on the outter rim of the tire. Every time I get it aligned, about a week passes before I start seeing the uneven wear return on the same front right tire. I got it looked at by multiple mechanics to try and find the problem on why it keeps getting unaligned. They said all my bushings looked good and they even replaced my front shocks but none of that fixed the issue: it still gets out of alignment everytime. The mechanic that put in the new shocks said that its just because my car was old and it would need to be aligned often. But every week? Any possible solutions? Thank you

-Joseph Weaver

My car has 97000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. The age of the car is not relevant, at all, to it being properly aligned per FSM (Factory Service Manual) specifications or the longevity of an alignment. The condition of the wheel bearings, control arm bushings, tie rod ends, and other key parts would be relevant. Those components should all be tested. If they are not worn beyond what is allowed per the FSM, then the car is alignable. If the shop is unable to do it and thus you are seeing this result, your only option is to find a shop that can do this kind of work. If YourMechanic has an ASE Certified front end specialist in your area, I encourage you to go that route because they can get this resolved for you without further nonsense.

As an aside, I myself got tired of the type of results you are reporting (30 years ago!) and so just simply got my own alignment equipment. Although I use technology from the 1960’s (AMMCO optical gauges and track flags), but also some modern stuff like digital caster/camber (Intercomp), I can align my own cars within tens of thousandths of an inch and consequently have had almost no wear on the tires. My point is you will have to find a shop staffed by people who are both capable and interested. A person who tells you that mere "age" necessitates "more frequent" alignment is giving you incorrect information. The car could be 100 years old but so long as the key components of relevance here, again wheel bearings, tire rod ends, ball joint, strut mount, and bushings, are in good condition the car can be aligned perfectly. Finally, of course, check for accident damage and bent parts...that of course would have to be addressed as well and also look for wheel damage (excessive runout).

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Alignment issue

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Window motor problem

The window motors on the LeBarons can fail in the drive area which is made from plastic gear and other plastic mechanisms. A replacement window motor may be necessary to restore window operation, although there are replacement parts available to...

Q: Driving my minivan two days ago it felt like the transmission wasn't shifting right but on my way home I heard a weird noise 2001 Mazda MPV

Hi there - check your transmission fluid level first - make sure the fluid is relatively clear (vs cloudy) and closer to pink-red than black (dirty), as well as being at the correct level. Check also for problem codes, whether...

Q: there is a leak coming from under the truck and it hasn't been started in a couple days what could it be?

Hi there: The leaking fluid is most likely engine oil, which can leak from multiple engine seals or gaskets securing other items on the engine. Blue smoke coming from the vehicle's exhaust is typically an indication of two mechanical component...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...