Tag: alignment

17 Posts

Feb 22, 2017

Alignment Is the First Thing to Check When Car Sways on the Road

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Elizabeth's Datsun 280ZX loves to wander, but not in a good way. What's going to fix her Z car?

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How important are ball joints
Sep 19, 2013

Don't Gamble on Ball Joints

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A mechanic at John's local quick oil change place told him his ball joints were worn. John hasn't noticed any changes in the handling or tire wear, and he doesn't trust this guy. What should he do? Tom and Ray say even if this mechanic is running a scam, John would be wise to heed the warning and get a second opinion. Find out why, right here. 

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Nov 08, 2012

There's More Than One Way to Rotate a Tire

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Eddie's tires are wearing out unevenly and he wants to know why. Trouble is, the two different tire shops he asked gave him two different answers. Can Tom and Ray set the record straight?

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why does my car pull to the left right right after a front end alignment
Sep 25, 2012

Today: Turn Right to Go Straight

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David just got his car back from the shop after a front end alignment and now his steering wheel points right when the car is going straight. Tom and Ray think the mechanic should do the job again. Find out what else they suggest for David right here.


what damage can a security gate cause to the underside of my car
Jul 10, 2012

Today: The Air Force Bent Bryony's BMW

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Bryony was driving to her job on an Air Force base when the troops manning the gate accidentaly raised the security barrier and damaged her car. She's worried that this bent the frame. Tom and Ray answer her question and have some bonus advice for Bryony about how to make her future dealings with Air Force security go more smoothly.

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is it better to park my car on level ground
Apr 01, 2011

Is Beverly's neighbor being a "passive-aggressive nebbish?"

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My neighbor, who does not impress me as having an IQ above that of a Neanderthal, told me the other day that while he didn't want to be minding my business for me, I am "ruining my car parking it...

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do speed bumps damage car alignment if driven over at slow speed
Sep 01, 2006

Today: Tom and Ray settle the great condo speed-bump controversy.

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Hello! I live in a condominium complex, and there is a great debate we need your help with! We have a question about speed bumps and possible injury to someone's front-end alignment. Our speed bumps are removable, and they are...

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Sep 01, 2002

Does bad alignment cause tires to "cup"?

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I have a ' Honda Civic with miles Over the past month I've noticed that my car seems to bounce excessively when I'm driving over bumps Also when I am accelerating or braking quickly on a bumpy surface the wheels...

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Dec 01, 2001

Could bad tie rods keep a mechanic from being able to align my tires?

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How can you tell if your tie rods are loose and need to be replaced I got a lifetime alignment and when I went back to get the car realigned the mechanic said I needed to replace my tie rods...


Jul 01, 2001

So many things could be damaged by hitting a curb at 30 mph - but get that front end checked pronto.

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Let's say a moron decided to take a shortcut through a parking lot at night This moron might drive a well-seasoned ' Dodge Dakota two-wheel-drive V- with an automatic transmission To the moron's surprise there was a curb in the...

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