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5kcsq Alignment Problem
Can anyone offer advice as to what would cause caster out of spec. in the
negative direction? Today's (Friday) machine listing shows the following
caster readings, left -1.70 deg. , right -0.09 deg. According to Bentley
it should be +1.0 +/-.67 deg. The car is not certain about holding
course, it pulls to the left and steers itself to left into bumps.
It looks to me that the longwise relationship of the lower ball joint to
the upper strut mounting is the caster. The control arm shape, stabilizer
bar location, and maybe the coil spring height would influence the
caster. Does anyone know the proper unladen height of these cars to check
for spring sagging? How can I check for (suspected) bent control arms? I
think that any damage which would push the stabilizer bar out of place
would be quite obvious on the subframe.
Monday I had the 4 wheels aligned at Ira Porsche/Audi in Danvers, Ma.
They said all was set correctly, but didn't give me the listing from the
alignment machine that day. I called them back the next day to complain
that all was not right as described above. I took the inner tie rod ends
loose to inspect them and lubed the steering rack yesterday to be sure it
was not binding. Went back today to have the alignment re-examined. They
tell me now that it is the same as Monday (caster out of spec.), no way
to adjust it, and absolutely no suggestions for finding the cause of the
condition. So much for trust in, and advice from those "experts".
Lesson learned, bring the spec's and check the report before paying for
alignment. I don't mind fixing what's broke, but hate to pay to adjust it
again when they knew it wasn't going to be right the first time.
TIA for any helpful responses.
88 5kcsqw with 4 new wheel bearings, all new bushings, shocks,
halfshafts, etc. Preparing for cross country migration before winter