Tag: alignment

24 Posts

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

Today: Turn Right to Go Straight

Dear Car Talk

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.

subframes alignment

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

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

Dear Car Talk

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...

suspension alignment

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.

Dear Car Talk

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...

infrastructure alignment

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...

tires alignment struts suspension

Dec 01, 2001

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

Dear Car Talk

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...

front-ends accidents motor mounts exhaust system alignment

Jan 01, 2001

New valve stems and balancing -- am I getting taken for a ride?

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My husband and I both bought new tires last week I was charged for Valve rubber stem -- per tire and Tire balance performance -- per tire I later discovered that the balancing charge was so that I could have...

tires wheels alignment

Aug 01, 1999

What could be causing a bad wear pattern on the tires of a relatively new vehicle?

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Our relatively new Toyota Runner has us stumped While checking the tires on a recent trip I noticed a strange wear pattern on the two front tires I had the tires rotated soon after that and the strange wear was...

tires alignment suspension

Apr 01, 1999

What's causing the funky wear pattern on my tires?

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I have a ' Toyota Corolla Despite having bought new tires and having several wheel alignments I still get a sawtooth-shaped tire wear pattern Each little nub of rubber on the tire becomes individually slanted like the teeth on a...

tires alignment suspension