I dropped my car off at Neubauers, a shop up the street from my house that has worked on my car before. They were to put tie rods on, and align the car. I got a call earlier today about my car. Apparently after the road test for the alignment they put the car back on the alignment machine to find it out of spec again. They repeated the process of aligning the car and road testing it, same story...out of alignment. I'm trying to find an answer to this, suspension mod on the car:
- Megan coilovers
- 3sx adjustable upper control arms
- also leaky steering rack
Could a leaking steering rack cause this issue, or could my rack potentially be missing a tooth? Any suggestions are welcome as I have no clue where to proceed. I will post pictures of the alignment specs in the morning when I pick the car up
Own A 1998 RED VR4 , pretty much stock except: Suspension: '94 ECS Struts Retrofit w/ Tein H-Techs controlled by TechWorks ECS Suspension Controller
I'm sharing the stable with a 1995 RED Sypder VR4 ..its not mine but it lives here too.
I have to agree with warzone. WHile the neighborhood guys may have been OK over the years they must not be very good at suspension. The first time it didnt pass they should have been all over the front suspension to find out whats moving. Actually they should have found it BEFORE starting the alignment. Storied like these are why I alway recommend a REAL alignment shop. They check things out better.
A leaky rack wont cause alignment issues. And NO it cant be nmissing a tooth. (Thats a good one!)
There are a lot of potential wear items causing the trouble. Sometimes replacing everyhting is the answer for an older car.
Here are the specs of the alignments performed, one before, one after roadtest, and one current. I am not driving the car currently, I plan to jack the car up after this snow storm and look around myself. The picture with total toe -.30 is before alignment. The picture with .02 total toe is the first alignment. the last picture is the current alignment. The picture with the -.67 total toe is after the roadtest...pretty sketch. This shop is terrible...they honestly gave me no respect on the phone until I told him that the previous month my roommate and I did a turbo swap on the car with motor mounts and a bunch of other goodies.
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