[200q20v] Wheels, tramlining, and alignments (again and again)
Edward J Kellock
ekellock at juno.com
Wed Mar 14 19:08:15 EST 2001
I went from 205-60-15's to 225-60-15's on my '91 Avant
Noticed a definite decrease in mileage on the highway.
On Wed, 14 Mar 2001 14:03:59 -0800 "Derek Pulvino" <DPulvino at agraus.com>
> Hey all,
> Has anybody else seen changes in gas mileage related to running
> bigger wheels and tires? I've always heard about that happening,
> but always thought that happened to some other guy.
> And some more info on my tramlining situation, got the local shop to
> realign the car, and it did get better, but still not up to par.
> When I took the car back down for a realignment, I was sure to give
> them the page out of the Bentley with the appropriate alignment
> numbers for my vehicle, but the knucklehead completely ignored them.
> At this point in time, if anybody else is in the Seattle Metro
> area, I'm going recommend that you stay away from this shop (Clarks
> Alignment in Kirkland) unless I can get them to align the car to
> factory specs once and for all.
> The main reason they sighted for not using the specs I gave them was
> the numbers in their alignemnt machine (whatever the hell name it
> was, but it was expensive so it must be right) didn't agree with
> what I gave them. In their favor however, they did do a very good
> job getting the car to exactly the numbers their machine gave them,
> but were completely uncommunicative, and non-responsive to any input
> suggesting they might be wrong.
> Doing the math, I figured the specs they gave and used (talking toe
> here) are at the very low side of the toe numbers (least negative
> number). Previous alignment had the car set up with slight toe out
> (total toe -0.04) which was at the edge of their range, second
> alignment brought exactly on their toe numbers, slight toe in
> (0.04). This did improve the driving, but it's still not there.
> I've also checked my ball joints, (look good), and my rack preload
> (this did make a difference, it was a little loose); both do not
> appear to present problems. Long and the short of it, I'm thinking
> our cars are very sensitive to alignment settings, and need to be
> spot on the specs for best driving, not half-crappy assed with in
> the range, but on the money! A read of the past postings within the
> audifans website concerning alignments suggested the same thing.
> How sweet it is.
> Derek P
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