Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 11:39:22 -0300
From: Dexter J <>
Subject: Re: front end mis-alignment or...?

Salutations: 'nuther Bob wrote: > > On Thu, 14 Aug 2003 00:36:31 -0300, Dexter J > <> wrote: > > >However - it may well be that you have a inner panel/clip that has been > >pulled straight - but not then pinched in at the axle openings to account > >for the stretching that occurred when you where hit or the subsequent pull > >straight.. Have them take a look at the distance between the upper shock > >mounts under the hood and them repeat from the lower ball joint on the > >underside.. > > FYI - proper accident repair assumes that the shop is qualified > to check the distances from component to component on a frame > machine whenever there's a chance of frame damage. With integrated > shock towers, this can happen with a fairly minor impact. Your shop > should have checked this, or should have ascertained that there > was no possible way for the frame to have moved. > > I'm still reluctant to believe that _both_ sides would be out after > only one side was hit in an accident - unless the impact was severe > and there was a force applied to the opposite side by the suspension > on impact. In any event, the solution is the same - careful > measurement down to the mm by a qualified tech. > > Bob Agreed brother Bob - but worth outlining for future google generations and checking the whole darned system again is pretty much mandatory given that there is an obvious set-up problem after the repair.. It bespeaks an information disconnect somewhere.. Given it's out on both sides as you too observed - I'm betting it's nothing more than an incorrect specification for camber and they've dialed out the tie rod ends a bit too much trying to make sure it 'feels' as straight as it probably is.. Unfortunately - he now should review all the items listed (axles, arms, etc) to make sure the overall repair was correct - then - look at the shell if nothing obvious turns up.. What else can you do?.. -- J Dexter - webmaster - all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Sinatra Martin Davis - Ain't That A Kick in the Head

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