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Re: 5kcsq Alignment Fixed
Thanks to all for the input on my alignment problem.
When installing the subframe bushings, I remeber being careful to orient them
with cutouts longitudinal. Mistakes can happen, so checked them over this
morning. They are correctly oriented and fully seated. In the process, also
loosened the subframe mount bolts, and re-tourqued in the prescribed sequence
to be sure of proper seating of the subframe. All bushings are new within
the last 6 mo. and look perfect. Nobody else drives the car, and I haven't
hit anything with it since buying from the first owner in '93.
I calculated that -1deg. of caster would require rearward displacement of the
wheel by about 5/8 in. from spec. Any components bent that much would be
visually obvious. No bent parts to be found.
Suspecting that the problem was process related and not parts, I called NTW
in Salem N.H. They do alignment checks for free. Arrived there at 7:00
this evening for the exam. They have a near new Hunter machine and a
knowledgable techincian. Within 5 min. we knew that caster was fine but
the front and rear toe were wrong. The right rear toe adjustment was 2X out
of tolerance. The adjustment point was stuck and had to be persuaded to move.
The front was also wrong. Within an hour while I watched, all settings were
put back within spec. The other guy's machine must have been way out of
calibration, or else he doesn't know how to use it.
Driving home, the car tracked straight and steady with no tendency to pull
left anymore. Bumps and shifts do not require steering corrections. The
suspension settles into curves and follows steering inputs accurately.
The Quattro is a great pleasure to drive again.
The real problem after all was that I took it to the dealership (Ira) to be
aligned (3 times), expecting that they knew how. They didn't bother to do the
job right, or tell me that they couldn't, supposing that I wouldn't even
notice or care. I'll be back for a refund Monday. Others, be advised to stay
away from Ira Porche/Audi in Danvers, Ma. Their service department stinks of
incompetence and ripoff.
Next the clutch, then the Pacific shores.
88 5kcsqw rolling real nice now.