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Old 09-15-2006, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default Do I NEED to have the wheels aligned?

I just had the fuel tank pressure sensor replaced. CEL said P0457 (gas cap) but the cap was fine.

It looks like the rear sub-frame had to be dropped to get at the sensor on the tank. Do I need to have the wheels aligned again?
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Old 09-15-2006, 04:22 PM   #2
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I noticed the other day that pep-boys will check the alignment for free. Do that at least.
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Old 09-15-2006, 04:44 PM   #3
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It really depends - did the shop mark the toe bolts if they detached them from the rear subframe. Also, did they get the rear subframe back in the exact same spot? Since the rear subframe is a "floating" type that part can be a bit difficult, and will affect alignment a bit. In fact, it's been known to float so much that alignment can dynamically change up to a couple of degrees in the rear during heavy loading like at an autocross. This is why whiteline has the subframe lock bolts - they keep the rear subframe from floating.

In the end, if you can get it checked for cheap (or free as in the post above) then it certainly can't hurt.
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It really depends - did the shop mark the toe bolts if they detached them from the rear subframe. Also, did they get the rear subframe back in the exact same spot? Since the rear subframe is a "floating" type that part can be a bit difficult, and will affect alignment a bit. In fact, it's been known to float so much that alignment can dynamically change up to a couple of degrees in the rear during heavy loading like at an autocross. This is why whiteline has the subframe lock bolts - they keep the rear subframe from floating.

In the end, if you can get it checked for cheap (or free as in the post above) then it certainly can't hurt.
Is this on all Subaru models or just the Impreza chassis?
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Old 09-15-2006, 06:34 PM   #5
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Is this on all Subaru models or just the Impreza chassis?
I know on the imprezas and the foresters. I know the STi, and the FXT, plus maybe (I need confirmation) 06 have metal bushings for the subframe. i'm not sure on the legacy. I'd need to check.
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