[V8] Rear Suspension Alignment Q
allanvega at adelphia.net
Tue Mar 1 15:16:18 EST 2005
When towing any modern car, J-hooks should never be used , unless its been
wrecked and needs to be pulled up onto the flat bed. Lots of tow operators
use them because its quick and easy. Even if the tow operator manages to get
the car hooked up without damaging it, If its tied down to the suspension
and not the body, damage can still occur. The proper way for most cars to be
tied down is via t-hook that fit into the oblong holes found on the
underbody of many cars today and yesteryear.this also allows the cars
suspension to be compressed when tied down, so its not bouncing up and down
while being transported down the road possibly causing more damage. If the
company happens to be a AAA shop, report it to AAA as well, as towing a car
via j-hooks is not there approved method.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Kellock" <ekellock at gmail.com>
To: "V8" <v8 at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 2:44 PM
Subject: Re: [V8] Rear Suspension Alignment Q
>I saw this last night and that wheel is definitely way to far forward
> in the wheel well.
> I had a GTI long ago and had to have it towed once and insisted on a
> flat bed (for some reason). Anyway, they hooked chains to the control
> arms to pull it up on the truck. Screwed the suspension all to hell
> in front. Had just had a complete alignment days before too. Had to
> have it redone.
> That was just the weight of the car too. I could imagine a car
> cinched to a transporter lurching around, maybe a light rear-ender
> that didn't wreck the entire rig, that some suspension damage could be
> On Tue, 1 Mar 2005 07:13:12 -0800 (PST), S_Matus <scott_matus at yahoo.com>
>> After installing my new Avus 17x8 wheels and 255/40s I noticed an issue
>> with the rear alignment. I have only driven this car a few hunder miles
>> since aquired. The left rear tire to front sheetmetal clearance is
>> smaller than the right side. Left 7/8" and right 1-3/8" clearance.
>> I think it could be caused by the car transporter company. I was not
>> there when they cinched the vehicle to the trailer carrier. They were
>> not the brightest light bulds on the planet. The guy was swearing with
>> my wife when she asked him questions about the delivery. As you know
>> they will move cars from location to location on the trailer depending on
>> where deliveries dictate. I'm going to lift the vehicle and look over
>> the suspension for signs of metal stresses and bare metal where they
>> would have chained the car. I think that will show what is the issue.
>> At last resort I may loosen the entire subframe and retorque the entire
>> Anyone have ideas on this? Has anyone seen this type of alignment problem
>> (Other than the car transporter company incompetence)?
>> '91 V8QM
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