Originally Posted by Slug
I don't intend to do my own alignments (especially since I have an excellent place in town now), but once in a while up in my woods, I'll hit a rock or stump or something with my trucks and lose the toe-in badly or even ruin the tie rod...
The nice part about damaging only one side is you know the other side is ok
The way you have to steer to go straight will tell you which way you need to go on the tie rod adjustment. If you have to steer right the front of the tire needs to move right. . (so if your tires end up like | \ you'll need to steer right to end up like this / \ just to go straight) To refine it further you would need two straight edges and a tape measure. The straight edges go parallel with the body, against the tire, but above the tire bulge. The measurement it taken from one side, under the car, to the same spot on the other straightedge on the other tire. You need two measurements On infront of the tires and one in back. If the tires are in alignment the distance will be the same for both measurements. This simple method only works if one side went out of alignment. Its a bit more work if you need to adjust the toe for both sides but still can be done. You also need to drive the car a little for things to settle and then doublecheck.
For me its even easier, the Olds fender is parallel to the tires so I can just throw the straightedge against the fender and measure right to the tire
98 SSEi 111,222 miles.
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