4 Wheel Alignments - When and who does it best?

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Old 30 Oct 2003, 09:28 pm   #1 (permalink)
Car Guy
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Default 4 Wheel Alignments - When and who does it best?

Hi,

I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 with about 43,000 KM (approx. 27,000 miles) and
just switched over to my Nokian Hakka 1 winter for the year. I was thinking
about getting a 4 wheel alignment on the car has a precaution. I don't find
my Camry pulling and all the tires that came off the car are evenly worn.

The place I get my wheel balancing done, uses a Hunter Balancing machine and
also has a Laser Alignment machine which looks like a Hunter model.

I wanted to find out if this is ideal for my car and should be done?

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Old 31 Oct 2003, 01:10 am   #2 (permalink)
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"Car Guy" <nothing@something.com>, being of unsound mind, did utter in
news:kFkob.5672$Nm6.347716@news20.bellglobal.com:

> Hi,
>
> I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 with about 43,000 KM (approx. 27,000 miles)
> and just switched over to my Nokian Hakka 1 winter for the year. I
> was thinking about getting a 4 wheel alignment on the car has a
> precaution. I don't find my Camry pulling and all the tires that came
> off the car are evenly worn.
>
> The place I get my wheel balancing done, uses a Hunter Balancing
> machine and also has a Laser Alignment machine which looks like a
> Hunter model.
>
> I wanted to find out if this is ideal for my car and should be done?



Their equipment sounds like top of the line. If you don't mind spending the
money, it's cheap insurance to make sure you get maximum life from your
expensive tires.


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Old 31 Oct 2003, 07:15 am   #3 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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"Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message news:<kFkob.5672$Nm6.347716@news20.bellglobal.com> ...
I don't find
> my Camry pulling and all the tires that came off the car are evenly worn.
>
> The place I get my wheel balancing done, uses a Hunter Balancing machine and
> also has a Laser Alignment machine which looks like a Hunter model.
>
> I wanted to find out if this is ideal for my car and should be done?
>

Many on this list are more expert than I, but here's my simple
understanding of alignment.
Caster and camber have limited adjustment on the Camry's strut
suspesnsion system. This is not like the old double A arms, where they
add or remove shims. The settings are primarily established by the
struts themselves that form the upper pivot point, so if the struts
are not damaged or excessively worn, the primary adjustment in an
alignment is toe in.
If you're going to have an alignment done, it should be the computer
assisted four wheel type.
For my purposes, if the suspension is in good condition and the tires
wearing evenly, I would suspect the alignment to be satisfactory.
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Old 31 Oct 2003, 07:42 am   #4 (permalink)
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In news:c5ef7dc0.0310310515.32140594@posting.google.c om,
Daniel M. Dreifus <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> being of bellicose mind
posted:
> "Car Guy" <nothing@something.com> wrote in message
> news:<kFkob.5672$Nm6.347716@news20.bellglobal.com> ... I don't
> find
> > my Camry pulling and all the tires that came off the car are
> > evenly worn.
> >
> > The place I get my wheel balancing done, uses a Hunter Balancing
> > machine and also has a Laser Alignment machine which looks like
> > a Hunter model.
> >
> > I wanted to find out if this is ideal for my car and should be
> > done?
> >

> Many on this list are more expert than I, but here's my simple
> understanding of alignment.
> Caster and camber have limited adjustment on the Camry's strut
> suspesnsion system. This is not like the old double A arms, where
> they
> add or remove shims. The settings are primarily established by the
> struts themselves that form the upper pivot point, so if the struts
> are not damaged or excessively worn, the primary adjustment in an
> alignment is toe in.
> If you're going to have an alignment done, it should be the
> computer
> assisted four wheel type.
> For my purposes, if the suspension is in good condition and the
> tires
> wearing evenly, I would suspect the alignment to be satisfactory.


Toe is adjustable at both ends of Camry, hence the need for a "four
wheel alignment."
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with your education - Mark Twain"




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