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4 or 2 wheel alignment?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by DaytonLax14, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Sep 29, 2010 at 9:12 AM
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    DaytonLax14

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    Like the title says. I think truck owners just have to get a front wheel alignment, but is that correct?
     
  2. Sep 29, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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    correct.
     
  3. Sep 29, 2010 at 9:14 AM
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    As long as the rear axle is straight...Yes.

    I had my rear end aligned after I installed my AALs cause the angle was a little off. But I've never needed to have it done again.
     
  4. Sep 29, 2010 at 9:18 AM
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    alright thanks fellas. i'll assume my axle is straight lol
     
  5. Sep 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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    Mine was .3 degrees out stock...and .5 to .6 out after I installed the AAL. it's .02 now. And the rear end tracks the same it always did...It's more of an OCD thing than a true technical need...unless you have had rear end damage at some point.
     
  6. Nov 6, 2012 at 7:38 AM
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    brunes, how did you get the rear end aligned? i was at firestone today, and they said it wasn't possible? (not a statement, just a question) :)
     
  7. Nov 6, 2012 at 8:11 AM
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    From experience as an alignment tech, most shops will not "re-align" the rear end of a truck. Why? Because its a guess and check method.

    When you get your truck aligned you get a two wheel alignment. They will not modify the rear end settings but the front end alignment is dependent on the rear end specs. The goal is to get the wheel within manufacturer specs from back to front. That's why we align the rear end first, since the front is dependent on the rear. You can have a truck that is within specifications but still slightly dog tracks. Just make sure you don't get charged for a four wheel alignment. They will get readings off of all four wheels but only adjust the front.

    P.s. I have seen many shops modify the sensors to make it appear as if they have done a four wheel alignmemt on a solid rear axle vehicle that did not have adjusters. Unfortunately people just didn't know their vehicle and paid more for an out of spec alignment.
     
  8. Nov 6, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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    kidray, yea i know :pout: i just can't justify spending like 70-80 for 1 alignment at a dealer so i got the lifetime for $130 and am just hoping i at least get a correct alignment 2 times for the life of my truck

    thanks for the info nixinus
     
  9. Nov 6, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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    Firestones vary greatly in quality of work from location to location. if you find one with a good alignment tech, there's nothing wrong with them.
     
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    Welcome.

    Not saying you should assume they are going to cheat but I always keep and eye on the alignment and make sure a) the tech does not touch the sensors after they have been installed and b) the final printout is done after everything has been tightened back up (sometimes the specs will change if tightened incorrectly, i.e. cams not held in place when tightened).
     
  11. Nov 6, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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    i actually had a really pleasant experience there, I got there when they opened, and there was only 1 other person there. The customer service guy answered all my q's and explained the readings. After all my TERRIBLE experiences with tiresplus (I know firestone owns them) I told myself I wasn't even gonna get alignments anymore, but I figured for the price, might as well do it and hope some of them are legit
     
  12. Nov 6, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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    Beeyelluh iz in ur accountz payin ur billz

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    Depends on a lot of factors, but if you find a good guy at one of their shops, make sure you keep in touch. In and of itself, Firestone isn't that bad.
     
  13. Nov 20, 2012 at 4:50 AM
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    I've been having problems with a 2010 double cab. It pulls to the left at highway speeds and it's somewhat intermittent at 30MPH. The dealership claims to have done a wheel alignment but nothing has changed. Maybe my rear axle isn't true? Any suggestions would help.
     
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