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Old 01-15-2006, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default Loose Steering After Alignment?!?!

so my car was pulling to the right, and the steering wheel was turned to the right when the car was going straight so i went to see if i need an alignment. they did a 4 wheel alignment and tire rotation/balance. the pull was fixed but now the steering feels really loose. is this normal? it seems like i have to turn the wheel more than i used to and there isnt as much feed back. it just feels really crappy. any thoughts? oh and i thought it might be the power steering fluid but its full. thanks for any input
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Old 01-15-2006, 02:15 PM   #2
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did the shop that did your alignment give you a print out?

if so, what does the printout read?

what exactly did they change?

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Old 01-15-2006, 02:46 PM   #3
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what she said ^^
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Old 01-15-2006, 03:24 PM   #4
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My understanding is that excessive toe-in can have this kind of effect. Alignment can definitely affect steering. If you can, get the info as Jamie and DRFTwRx suggested. If you can't get that, I'd go to Subaru and get it corrected. Make sure you ask for the info before they touch it. I do not think they usually provide it since most people have no clue what the numbers mean. Good luck.
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Old 01-15-2006, 03:45 PM   #5
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I've had only three alignments done, and all by different shops. But what they all had in common was that once they pulled up the factory settings/specs, they ALL came to me before they started and asked if I had any special settings or adjustments I wanted or preferred. And the steering wheel ALWAYS should be centered when they are finished.

I'll betcha they either got the wrong factory specs or misread them.

Good luck.
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:51 PM   #6
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ok, so i took it in again today and they didnt change much. i got the read out for this one but forgot to get the first one. first off, the sheet says its for an outback sport, not wrx. i called them on the way home and they said "it shouldnt matter, its all the same under there" is this true? because in the owners manual it says different specs for the outback and for the wrx. here are the basic numbers i got : on top of the wheel is suby wrx wagon specs, bottom is what they set it at... thanks for the help!

camber: -.2 camber: -.2
toe: 0 toe: 0
(lf) (rf)
camber: -0.6 camber: -0.1
toe: -0.5 toe: 0.04

camber: -1.2 camber: -1.2
toe: 0 toe: 0
(lr) (rr)
camber: -1.4 camber: -1.1
toe: 0.03 toe: -0.02
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