Front End Alignment Question

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RootBeerJoe
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Front End Alignment Question

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Post by RootBeerJoe » 02 Mar 2019, 19:06

I just completed replacing the entire front end suspension. I used the coils to drop the front 1" and replaced the shocks, upper & lower control arms, inner & outer tie rods, end links, idler arm and bushings on the strut arms.

While I was down there and noticed leaks in the power steering system, I rebuilt the slave cylinder, replaced the hoses, replaced the control valve and put new gaskets in the power steering reservoir.

I tried to put everything back in the same position. After putting the wheels back on the car and lowering it I noticed that when the left front tire is straight ahead (see picture)
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the right front tire is angled out (see picture).
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I plan on taking it in for an alignment but I was wondering.

1 - is it safe to drive 4 miles to the alignment shop like this?

2 - What do I have to do to get it straight like the other side? Is this a tie rod adjustment?

I am a novice at this so any guidance would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.

Joe

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Re: Front End Alignment Question

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Post by Allen68 » 02 Mar 2019, 19:35

I would think it would be ok for 4 miles (slower speeds)

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Post by anthem75 » 02 Mar 2019, 21:14

Have you measured the overall length of each tie rod assembly?

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Post by Cougar Bill » 03 Mar 2019, 10:16

do a quick toe adjustment. Use a tape measure. have a friend hold it on the front tire while you measure the other tire. Front of tire & rear of tires. Looks like it's out way too far to drive safely....
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Re: Front End Alignment Question

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Post by Royce » 03 Mar 2019, 10:19

Yes, I would set toe in to about 1/4" by lengthening one of the tie rods enough to achieve that. It will be dangerous to drive with toe out like you have now.
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