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Old 09-07-2003, 04:01 PM   #1
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The alignment shop forgot to tighten to this nut on the driver's side - it was half-way up the threads when I looked under the car today. I have driven for about 2 months like that, including 3 autoXs.

I tightened it myself today, but do you think the alignment could have gone bad in that time?

I really don't want to go back to the alignment shop unless I have to.
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Old 09-07-2003, 05:35 PM   #2
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Yes, you should take it back to the shop because the toe might've changed.

Some guys leave the nuts loose to get a print or save the readings and then tighten them afterwards because the toe tends to change as you tighten the nut.
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Old 09-08-2003, 10:28 AM   #3
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Your picture shows the tie rod, which is how toe is adjusted in the front

In your picture, the threaded rod on the right threads into and out of the rod end on the left to give you more or less toe in/out. The nut is tightened to the rod end on the left.

Are you saying that the nut wasn't tight against the rod end on the left? If that's the case, then there's a good chance that your toe settings have floated.

How's your tire wear? Driving down a flat, non-crowned road, is the steering wheel straight?
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Old 09-08-2003, 10:30 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help.

Yes, the picture is after I tightened the nut myself. The wheel sometimes seems a little off center but other times is fine. I have heard all this memory steer stuff and am not sure if that's what I'm seeing.

It haven't seen any obvious tire wear problems yet.

If I take it back, it will be the third time at the alignment shop just trying to get it right I guess I need a different shop. I wish I could do it myself. Maybe I'll experiment a bit.

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Old 09-08-2003, 10:46 AM   #5
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You can do it yourself.

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Old 09-08-2003, 11:33 AM   #6
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Many thanks. I like the string based adjustment. I looks better than the gauge. I think I'll try making some measurements that way.
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