[Vwdiesel] Strut bearing R&R

Sandy Cameron scameron at compmore.net
Wed Apr 25 10:09:51 EDT 2007

A few years ago, (4 or 5) I had alignment issues with goldie, even after it
came back from the "alignment Doctors".

Snce this car has never been "bent", One could accept that caster has never
changed, and only toe and camber needed a tweak.

I found some good info on front end alignment on the web and applied it in
small increments, and the result is better than any shop job I ever had.
Long tire life and perfect handling. An ancient diesel jetta that driveslike
a ferrari
Good matched tires help a lot too.

Always check ball  joints before diddlng anything else.

Often replacing them will cure deteriorating alignment.

Use the suggested white paint trick to re-locate the new one, or better,
make a precicsion measurement from the knuckle to a mark onthe wishbone.
I dont trust the outline of the ball joint casting for locating, I would
make the measurement from the center of one of the 3 mounting bolts to a
mark on the wishbone.

This may not get you to zero if the old joint was badly worn to begin with,
but will get you back in the ball park.

I will try to find the info and post it here.

Hillbilly tuning?  ( Echos of the past )


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