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Re: will an alignment service adjust camber? (elskeptico)

Call around and ask for a front end alignment. Their usually like $40-60. They adjust camber and the toe. My handling is 10x better since the tires are actually all straight up and down... Make sure to check it when their done though.
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Re: will an alignment service adjust camber? (GodSquadMandrake)

Thanks for the reply.
So a front end alignment adjusts toe and camber...does that mean a 4 wheel alignment adjusts something different? I had a 4-wheel done a few years ago, so I'm not that worried about the rear wheels.
And how to check after I have it done? Should the wheels be perfectly perpindicular to the ground when at rest on a level surface? This is what I'm assuming.
 

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Re: will an alignment service adjust camber? (elskeptico)

Quote, originally posted by elskeptico »
Thanks for the reply.
So a front end alignment adjusts toe and camber...does that mean a 4 wheel alignment adjusts something different? I had a 4-wheel done a few years ago, so I'm not that worried about the rear wheels.
And how to check after I have it done? Should the wheels be perfectly perpindicular to the ground when at rest on a level surface? This is what I'm assuming.

the four wheel alignment will check that the front and rear wheels are tracking together, in a straight line. this will also tell you how off your rear camber and toe is, which unfortunatley, cant be easily adjusted by an alignment shop. This has to be done a a true VW specialist with experience in shims, and it costs mega money. Now, the best way to check if the alignement shop knows anything about alignment is if they come to you and say "you cant adjust camber on these VWs"...i actually had a shop say that to me...if they say that take your car and leave, cause this means the guys running the equipment dont know scchit. You can adjust the front toe and camber, though ya cant adjust the camber a whole lot, but usually enough to get it within spec. Read a Bentley manual for the correct toe and camber specs, and check the computer print out of the alignment specs against these Bentley specs. If they are off, take it back, show them the specs and make em correct it... http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: will an alignment service adjust camber? (elskeptico)

Quote, originally posted by elskeptico »
Thanks for the reply.
So a front end alignment adjusts toe and camber...does that mean a 4 wheel alignment adjusts something different? I had a 4-wheel done a few years ago, so I'm not that worried about the rear wheels.
And how to check after I have it done? Should the wheels be perfectly perpindicular to the ground when at rest on a level surface? This is what I'm assuming.

Depending what you want. Auto-x aligment for example is slight negative camber and slight toe out so everything is closer to being "straight" when you turn hard. If you're lowered, go with the shop that knows how to alight lowered cars.
 

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Re: will an alignment service adjust camber? (PDXGTI8V)

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You can adjust the front toe and camber, though ya cant adjust the camber a whole lot, but usually enough to get it within spec. Read a Bentley manual for the correct toe and camber specs, and check the computer print out of the alignment specs against these Bentley specs. If they are off, take it back, show them the specs and make em correct it... http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

Just make sure you go to a good shop, GOOD alignment machines ask you to put in the make and model and year of a vehicle. Then it tells the tech where and how to adjust everything with pictures and specs, AND it beeps like a MOTHER until you get it right. I think sun machines is what I used to use.
PS It is possible to align the vehicle yourself although it's harder this way. Basically you use strings and yardsticks, sounds half assed but it can be done right. SINCE an alignment really doesn't cost any more for being further out of spec. IF you want to give it a try to save yourself some money you should check it out.


Modified by mechsoldier at 12:59 AM 9-24-2004
 

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Re: will an alignment service adjust camber? (elskeptico)

If your car is lowered you should use about 1-1.25 degrees of negative camber and stock toe for street driving. This is because of the increase in control arm angle makes the bottom of the wheel pull in much more than stock height during compression (and that extra has got to come from somewhere).
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Re: will an alignment service adjust camber? (mechsoldier)

at my shop we do every thing that we can. some car won't let us do toe and suff, but any thing that we can adjust to facktory specks we do.......they all come up in the alignment computer thing it's really cool......we charge $75 and can have it back to you in about an houre......Madison Motors in Madison CT http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: will an alignment service adjust camber? (VdubLuv82)

After my alingment yesterday I noticed the steering wheel was still off center while driving straight. Is it pretty much a matter of popping off the steering wheel and re-centering it? Or is there 1,000 screw wires and clips?
 

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Re: will an alignment service adjust camber? (GodSquadMandrake)

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After my alingment yesterday I noticed the steering wheel was still off center while driving straight. Is it pretty much a matter of popping off the steering wheel and re-centering it? Or is there 1,000 screw wires and clips?

Yeah - they didnt do it right.
Most likely they got "lazy" cause alot of A2s had non adjustable tie rod ends on the DRIVERS side. IT stuff goet wacked up, it harder to adjust on that side.
The "be nice to the alignment guy" fix is to replace the drivers side tie rod witha n adjustable one...
 
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