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Bent Strut?!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Creel, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Apr 3, 2010 at 10:35 AM
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    Creel

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    I've noticed that my front passenger tire seems to be leaning in towards the engine. I checked the tire and I did notice more wear on the outside shoulder of the tire than anywhere else. I just got the tires 2 weeks ago so I would think there shouldn't be more wear there than anywhere else. I took a couple of crappy cell phone pictures of the tire. I tried to be as steady as I could taking the pictures.

    I had sort of noticed this a few months ago but I thought it was just my tires because they were old and had a lot of wear. I even went to the dealership to get an alignment about 2 months ago and they didn't mention anything about it.

    I googled for some possible causes of this and the results were possibly a bent strut, shocks are bad, UCA bent etc.

    What do yall think?

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  2. Apr 3, 2010 at 10:38 AM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    looks like positive camber from something....did you keep the alignment sheet from the dealership?
     
  3. Apr 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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    No unfortunately I did not. I had to work that day and I had my dad take it up there to get it done and he forgot to get the sheet :rolleyes:

    I do remember them saying they did not do a 4 wheel align .. just a 2 wheel on Tacoma's. Is that right?
     
  4. Apr 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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    If anything is bent, it would be an UCA or LCA. I'm pretty sure you just have a case of a bad alignment.
     
  5. Apr 3, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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    wat?

    yeah, b/c there is nothing to really align on the solid axle. the camber could be towards the high end of the spectrum, but still be in 'spec'. if you plan on keeping the truck for a good long while, i'd invest in a lifetime alignment at firestone for ~$150. i've used mine like 4-5 times in under 2 years. saved me plenty so far
     
  6. Apr 4, 2010 at 11:02 AM
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    Thanks for all the input guys. I'm going to go Thursday to the dealer and have it aligned again. :cool:
     
  7. Apr 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM
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    Rear isn't technically adjustable- and as long as you don't have an accidents or major work done- It should be squared properly. (If you do make major changes-Make sure you at least check the rear).

    Before you worry about bent parts- Check and make sure the alignment is in spec. After that- if they can't get it right- They should be able to ID the damaged part for you.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2010 at 11:18 AM
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    Be careful. I had a bent spindle and my dealer couldn't figure it out. I went to a local, reputable shop and they figured it out in 20 seconds.
     
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