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Old 07-27-2001, 08:40 PM
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I just completed replacing the tie rods, upper control arms and lower ball joints on my 300D. Prior to installing the new tie rods I got them as close as I could to the length of the old ones. During the test drive it is quite evident it is not aligned but the creaks that I could hear when going over bumps are gone - mission accomplished.
Is there anything I can do at home to bring it into somewhat of an alignment? I will get it to the alignment shop over the next couple of days but I would like to get it as close as possible prior to taking it over there.
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Old 07-27-2001, 11:29 PM
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Take a piece of chalk and hold it next to each tire as it is rotated. This wil scribe a line on the face of the tread. Take a piece of string and measure between the lines front and back of the tire. Toe will be right when the front lines are 3mm closer together than the back lines.
Steve Brotherton
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