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rear alignment 1994 wagon


badpoor
04-16-2011, 03:26 PM
Got my alignment done today and was told that the rear lateral links are only adjustable on the passenger side and not the drivers side.
The 96 wagon I had did have adjustable links on both sides.....what gives?
is this part easily available? is it hard to do?
(was told by a few people that the bolt in the knuckle seizes to the knuckle)
I am toe out on the drivers side rear @ -0.30 with a total rear toe out @ -0.15

Scrapper
04-16-2011, 05:20 PM
Got my alignment done today and was told that the rear lateral links are only adjustable on the passenger side and not the drivers side.
The 96 wagon I had did have adjustable links on both sides.....what gives?
is this part easily available? is it hard to do?
(was told by a few people that the bolt in the knuckle seizes to the knuckle)
I am toe out on the drivers side rear @ -0.30 with a total rear toe out @ -0.15

was the tires wearing on rear is that why you had it alighned? i never heard of one side being alighned and i know they freeze up sounds like he didn't want to take the time. go by another shop or just call and see if he give you the run around and then call his boss. when i was alighnment man for 18 years i've never heard of this because they had shims that had teeth on them to go inbetween strut after loosening bolts on struts. matter afact call sears some of them alighnment men are good now day's.

good luck........

badpoor
04-17-2011, 07:24 AM
was the tires wearing on rear is that why you had it alighned? i never heard of one side being alighned and i know they freeze up sounds like he didn't want to take the time. go by another shop or just call and see if he give you the run around and then call his boss. when i was alighnment man for 18 years i've never heard of this because they had shims that had teeth on them to go inbetween strut after loosening bolts on struts. matter afact call sears some of them alighnment men are good now day's.

good luck........

I misunderstood the guy at the shop..they only checked the alignment and then told me about the drivers side being out like that.
They did not align it.

Intuit
05-03-2011, 07:55 AM
The shop is correct. Only the passenger side lateral-link is adjustable. Get down behind it and look at either side. You will see for yourself. Unless it has been through a wreck, or there is a bad/worn suspension component, there is no reason why it should be necessary to adjust the other side. One side will pull the other into alignment. The front can pull the rear out of alignment as well.

The usual causes for bad rear alignment, besides the aforementioned, is broken spring(s) and/or deteriorating strut mounts and tower. If you're in the rust belt, the latter two should be monitored closely. If not handled prior to failure, the entire car may have to be scrapped. Otherwise they can be handled preventatively.

More details for strut tower repair available at request.

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