Are wheel allignments covered under Warranty?

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Old 15 Jul 2003, 02:36 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Are wheel allignments covered under Warranty?

5000 miles on 2002 Camry bought new. Car wanders in lane and may be allignment
problem. Spoke to dealer service and asked if it is covered. Got maybe as an
answer...which means they will probably charge.
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Old 15 Jul 2003, 02:48 pm   #2 (permalink)
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According to the manufacture's warranty, alignment is free for just one time
within 12 months of the purchase date. I confirmed it with the dealer after
I found alignment problem with my new 2003 Camry.

"Marty009" <marty009@aol.com> wrote in message
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> 5000 miles on 2002 Camry bought new. Car wanders in lane and may be

allignment
> problem. Spoke to dealer service and asked if it is covered. Got maybe as

an
> answer...which means they will probably charge.



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Old 15 Jul 2003, 03:05 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"Marty009" <marty009@aol.com> wrote in message
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> 5000 miles on 2002 Camry bought new. Car wanders in lane and may be

allignment
> problem. Spoke to dealer service and asked if it is covered. Got maybe as

an
> answer...which means they will probably charge.


Keep in mind that the dealer gets reimbursed by Toyota for warranty repairs,
they do not eat the cost themselves. However, the reimbursement rate is
lower than their normal rate for labor, and the dealer would also loose any
markup on the parts (not really applicable in this case). So the dealer is
not highly motivated to charge you for something that should be covered
under warranty. They usually try and follow the warranty rules defined by
Toyota.

Nevertheless, any time I take my car in for warranty repair (not very
often), I try to have some other scheduled maintenance done at the same time
(if appropriate) so the dealer can at least make a few bucks off the deal.
Time for an oil change?


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Old 15 Jul 2003, 04:50 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Thanx for the reply. What you say makes good sense. Unfortunately, I just
changed the oil myself. I have'Nt had to bring the veh in once in 1.5
years...zero defects, except for this and I always change the oil myself.. I'l
ljust spring for the 49.95 if neccessary.
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Old 15 Jul 2003, 07:23 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Marty009 wrote:
> 5000 miles on 2002 Camry bought new. Car wanders in lane and may be
> allignment problem. Spoke to dealer service and asked if it is
> covered. Got maybe as an answer...which means they will probably
> charge.


Excessive toe either postivie or negative will produce "wandering" in the
lane. A front wheel drive car needs zero to as much as 1/8th inch
negative toe (toed out). FWD cars try to toe-in as power is applied and
this must be compensated for so that the tires wear wear evenly and to
minimize wandering.
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Old 19 Jul 2003, 11:48 am   #6 (permalink)
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So sounds like alignment is another common problem with new Camries? It
sure is steering me away from Toyota for the next trade in.

GD wrote:
> According to the manufacture's warranty, alignment is free for just one time
> within 12 months of the purchase date. I confirmed it with the dealer after
> I found alignment problem with my new 2003 Camry.
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> "Marty009" <marty009@aol.com> wrote in message
> news:20030715153628.07252.00000291@mb-m25.aol.com...
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>>5000 miles on 2002 Camry bought new. Car wanders in lane and may be

>
> allignment
>
>>problem. Spoke to dealer service and asked if it is covered. Got maybe as

>
> an
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>>answer...which means they will probably charge.

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Old 20 Jul 2003, 12:36 pm   #7 (permalink)
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John wrote:
> So sounds like alignment is another common problem with new Camries? It
> sure is steering me away from Toyota for the next trade in.



See ya John. We'll maybe drop by and see how things are going for you in
the other auto group, let us know what you buy, so we know which group
to find you in.

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