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Old 08-03-2005, 01:51 PM   #1
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I recently had new tires put on (Pirelli PZero MS) to replace my Dunlop SP5000. The Dunlops were in need of replacement, but the inside of the front tires was rediculously bald in comparison to the outsides. So, I had Big-O Tires, where I got the new tires installed, do an alignment to fix whatever issue was going on. They did the alignment and adjusted the toe, which they said was causing the problem.

I am a bit confused, because I would have thought that the camber needed to be adjusted to fix such a problem, not the toe. Did they do the right thing? Do you think that I should have the camber adjusted as well (they should have checked this right?)?.

Also, prior to the alignment, my steering wheel had to be at about 11 o'clock to be going straight. After the alignment, it is a bit better, but still not at 12 o'clock when I am going straight. Is there a simple fix for this?

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Old 08-03-2005, 02:06 PM   #2
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Toe is usually the cause of uneven tire wear. It is counterintuitive though. When your toe in is off you are scrubbing off rubber continuously. The simple fix for your steering wheel is an alignment while your steering wheel is locked in the proper position.
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Old 08-03-2005, 03:16 PM   #3
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Assuming you paid for the alignment, I would suggest you take the car back and politely demand Big-O Tires to properly re-center your steering wheel.
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But to come to terms with your answer there arent any at home fixes that are accurate enough to fix the crooked wheel. There are alot of different machines to align vehicles, and some arent as accurate as others. There is also the human factor. I personally use a Hunter Alignment rack at work and absolutely love it. I can do a 4 way align, from start to finish, on any subaru in 18 minutes including camber adjustment. Some of this is how easy Subarus are to align, MOST of it is the 30K rack that I have.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:20 PM   #5
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I recently had new tires put on (Pirelli PZero MS) to replace my Dunlop SP5000. The Dunlops were in need of replacement, but the inside of the front tires was rediculously bald in comparison to the outsides. So, I had Big-O Tires, where I got the new tires installed, do an alignment to fix whatever issue was going on. They did the alignment and adjusted the toe, which they said was causing the problem.

I am a bit confused, because I would have thought that the camber needed to be adjusted to fix such a problem, not the toe. Did they do the right thing? Do you think that I should have the camber adjusted as well (they should have checked this right?)?.

Also, prior to the alignment, my steering wheel had to be at about 11 o'clock to be going straight. After the alignment, it is a bit better, but still not at 12 o'clock when I am going straight. Is there a simple fix for this?

thanks,
j-wrx

....toe issues eat tires for the most part.....camber would have to be pretty excessive to eat tires like you describe.....you should have gotten a 'before' and an 'after' printout when the alignment was done....yes/no???

...if the steering wheel isn't quite straight, either live with it or take it back.
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