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Old 04-03-2006, 05:39 PM   #1
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2 wheel alignment

I took the car for a 4 wheel alignment and they said they could'nt do it because of worn tie rods and a worn ball joint. Ok, I agree they are probably worn but the car has no wobbles, shimmys or shakes and the front wheels have had almost no tire wear in the past 44000km. Now the back...this is the problem since I have gone through two sets of tires and I need a shop to perform only a rear alignment as close to spec as possible. Money is a little tight and I cant afford like 300.00 for the parts. Also, someone said worn rtab's can cause uneven rear tire wear?
Anyone know who might do a two wheel alignment with an imperfect front end?
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Old 04-03-2006, 05:55 PM   #2
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I had serious rear tire wear last summer. The only thing Charlie (Bimmersport) could find wrong at the back of my car was the RTABs.. they were shot. I went through a set of Pilot Sports (that had about 80% on them at the beginning of summer) on a 6000km trip to Nova Scotia and back. Wore them bald.. but very evenly.

Even if the shop couldn't align the front properly, they still should have aligned the back.

If it is the RTABs, you should get them replaced before you do another alignment.. you'll have to do the alignment again once they are replaced.

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Old 04-03-2006, 09:01 PM   #3
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Don't get a 2 wheel alignment, most shops won't even do it for you anyway because the front is aligned to the rear and vise versa. Improper toe will wear out tires quickly from the constant scrubbing. If you have bad RTABs, getting the best alignment in the world isn't going to do anything because the toe will constantly change everytime you accelerate or brake.
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:45 AM   #4
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what does RTAB stand for?

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Old 04-04-2006, 01:36 AM   #5
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