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herkfsu
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May 5, 2018, 4:03 PM

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Hi all,

I recently had my shocks and struts replaced at 75k miles. I did not notice a rough ride, but I was told they were pretty bad, so I bit the bullet and shelled out 1200 bucks. They told me they would align the wheels after it was done. When I left I felt the car still pulling to the right. A week later I went back to a similar shop (both NTB, I have 5 unlimited alignment) to have the alignment checked. I was told it was out of line and that they again fixed it for me. But as I was driving home the same say, I again feel the car pulling to the right. Any ideas why this is happening? I was already on the fence after shelling out 1200 for a fix I didn't know I needed, but now I am wondering if they even did the install correctly. I have a 2014 Toyota Sequoia.

Thanks for any help you can offer.


Hammer Time
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May 5, 2018, 5:26 PM

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Re: Alignment after shocks and struts replaced Sign In

"Still pulling"?

So you had that problem before any of this. Try rotating the tires first. Some of the alignment angles may not be adjustable from the factory with adding modifications kits.



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herkfsu
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May 5, 2018, 6:35 PM

Post #3 of 9 (171 views)
Re: Alignment after shocks and struts replaced Sign In

No, I did not notice pulling before the shocks and struts were replaced, though it is mt wife's car and I did not drive it much. The problem is though, they aligned the wheels after the shock and struts were first installed. It was pulling. Then when I went to another shop, they told me it was out of alignment and they "fixed it" again. But its still pulling. Could a bad install of shocks cause the wheels to remain out of alignment?

Thanks for the reply!


Hammer Time
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May 5, 2018, 6:49 PM

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Re: Alignment after shocks and struts replaced Sign In

No, not at all. As I just said, not all angles are adjustable without modifications. If you have a copy of the alignment printout, post it here and we will analyze it.



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herkfsu
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May 5, 2018, 7:09 PM

Post #5 of 9 (162 views)
Re: Alignment after shocks and struts replaced Sign In

Here is a link to the last alignment.

https://ibb.co/h60KuS

Thank you!


Hammer Time
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May 5, 2018, 7:15 PM

Post #6 of 9 (158 views)
Re: Alignment after shocks and struts replaced Sign In

That shouldn't be pulling with those settings. Rotate the tires and see what happens. The tires can be causing this.

Also make sure the air pressure and ride height is correct and even.

Also remember, the car will naturally follow the crown of the road so most all car will pull right when in the right lane.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on May 5, 2018, 7:16 PM)


herkfsu
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May 5, 2018, 7:22 PM

Post #7 of 9 (152 views)
Re: Alignment after shocks and struts replaced Sign In

Thanks, I will try that out!


herkfsu
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May 15, 2018, 11:07 AM

Post #8 of 9 (69 views)
Re: Alignment after shocks and struts replaced Sign In

I tried getting it realigned again to try and prove a point to the auto shop. It didn't seem to help. I have added a link to the results. Less than two weeks later from the previous results I posed above, it is once again out of alignment. Would tire rotation and balance possibly fix this? If the car was still pulling, but the alignment results were still green, that would be one thing, but the alignment is going bad in a matter of days. Thanks for any other advice you guys can offer.

https://ibb.co/cMfnWJ


Hammer Time
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May 15, 2018, 11:16 AM

Post #9 of 9 (67 views)
Re: Alignment after shocks and struts replaced Sign In

Tire rotation was supposed to be the first thing you did.

The toe was out a very minor amount. You could have some worn tie rods that would account for that. I bet if you drove it around the block and he checked it again it would be out again. It's a very sensitive measurement.



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