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Alignment or tire balance?

Discussion in 'Arizona' started by anasseef, May 12, 2012.

  1. May 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM
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    anasseef

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    My tires are wearing uneven and my truck shakes at about 65-70. I have read this can be one of many different things from a camber issue to an alignment or tire balance. Is this something I just have to tackle one area at a time until I get it right or is there one issue that affects tacomas as a whole?

    Also can this be a side effect of a bad lift install?
     
  2. May 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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    Shakes are normally a balancing issue, but if the alignment is way off it can shake and also feel "squirrelly"


    how so? are tires inflated properly?



    And this could very well be from a crappy install of a lift.
     
  3. May 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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    And BTW, pics would help a ton for diagnosing this :worthless:
     
  4. May 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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    the tires are wearing unevenly could be just over/under inflated tires or a mis alignment issue. After after lifting or lowering a vehicle the alignment angles change which could also cause the shaking youre feeling. The shaking could also be from bad balancing. Start by checking air pressure, then the balance of the tires and then the alignment.
     
  5. May 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
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    i'd spend the money to get it all aligned/balanced
     
  6. May 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM
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    Squirrelly is exactly what happens. I tried to explain that to the guy at the dealership and he tried to talk me out of using that phrase for some reason.
    Tires are inflated correctly, I'm a little OCD with things like that.
     
  7. May 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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    Good point, didn't think of posting any pics. I was just curious as to where to start with a diagnosis and begin to take on the issue.
     
  8. May 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM
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    Where's a good shop to go to? I need one bad too, alignment/balance and tires rotated.
     
  9. May 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM
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    Network alignment in Gilbert.
    they're my favorite because they know what they're doing. :cool:
     
  10. May 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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    I've been going there for, hell I can't even remember its been son long. But they are the only people I trust to do any suspension work.
     
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    Agree with the rest of the guys. Get an alignment, balance (maybe even road force) and rotation. I'll be doing this exact same thing once I get my new UCA's.... Which could be another issue for you.
     
  12. May 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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    X3, I got my alignment at Network and they actually knew what a uniball is lol. Good guys there
     
  13. May 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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    make sure they reset the stability control after the alignment
    that helped out on my truck after wheels and tires install
    first shop didn't do it not even the dealership
    went to a different place and they fixed all shakes and squirrellies
     
  14. Jun 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM
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    Do you know how this is performed?
     
  15. Jun 1, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    Yup agreed... get the tires rotated/balanced and road force tested first. If they check out good, verify the alignment. If that's good... time to start digging in more. Check for play in the front wheels (hubs, steering rack, tie rod ends, ect). Also inspect your carrier bearing on the driveshaft.

    Also, what kind of tires are you running? I always have some sort of vibration with my KM2's, but for a MT they're about as good as it gets. Even my old AT's did to an extent... just a price you pay for aggression.
     
  16. Jun 5, 2012 at 4:39 PM
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    Aftermarket rims might require hub spacer rings, too. Solved alot of vibration issues for folks on here.
     
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