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Old 08-09-2013, 07:48 PM   #1
Nmullin11
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Default Quick question about alignment

When I went for an alignment i was told my tie rod was seized up and I guess they couldn't get it to move to adjusti it. Now when I'm below 10mph and braking relatively hard to come to a stop my steering wheel pulls hard to the left if im not holding it and feels like its loose.

Wondering if its cause my alignment.

Here's the specs

LF camber -1.00 degree toe +.05 of an inch
RF camber -1.00 degree toe +.02 of an inch

LR camber -1.4 degree toe .0
RR camber -1.3 degree toe .0

Was going for an aggressive daily alignment from mach v btw.

Has been like this for 4 months now but I thought since tires are wearing even it was ok but now I'm thinking not.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:44 PM   #2
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That alignment should not cause that issue. Jack the car up. Grab each front wheel at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock and shake it back and forth. It should be tight and you should feel no play. If there is a little wiggle or play, get under the car (with it safely supported by a jackstand), have someone else shake the wheel, and figure out what has play. If nothing has play then I would suspect another problem. Do any brake work lately?
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:02 PM   #3
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That alignment should not cause that issue. Jack the car up. Grab each front wheel at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock and shake it back and forth. It should be tight and you should feel no play. If there is a little wiggle or play, get under the car (with it safely supported by a jackstand), have someone else shake the wheel, and figure out what has play. If nothing has play then I would suspect another problem. Do any brake work lately?
Ok i didnt think that small of a difference would do any thing. No brake work since I've bought the car last November. There is definitely some play somewhere. I will try what you suggested tomorow.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #4
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Just because you haven't had any brake work doesn't mean it can't be the brakes. I had a pulling-under-braking issue with one of my Camaros recently that was a seized guide pin. It was an easy enough diagnosis and fix (for me... don't know your mechanical aptitude).

I do question why you didn't just get the tie rod replaced so that you could get a proper alignment.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:44 PM   #5
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Slide pins can stick at any time and cause that caliper to freeze up. Happened twice on my Z/28 and my Cobra and see it often with customers cars.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:22 PM   #6
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Interesting, didn't get a chance to check out the car today but its weird cause when braking at 40-80 the car seems fine with no pull at all, also when driving at those speeds car does not pull at all unless road is sloped in which case it pulls a bit. Really think its something loose in the swaybar or tier rod or something cause it just feels loose and unpredictable at certain low speed situations. Really odd as I would think it would do it at high speeds as well. Ill check the play in the front wheels tomorow and report back .
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:01 PM   #7
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Sounds like a sticking caliper or bad hose causing the brakes to be uneven.
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