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Old 07-23-1999, 10:16 AM
Jerry McG
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Thanks to MB Doc for he;lping with the specs. I had it in to the dealer on Monday and they confirmed it was out. The front toe was set at .28 degrees, vs the spec of .20. It was all on the right side as well. It looked to me like the front camber was ok, but the rear was out as well and they reset it back within spec.

The shop foreman claimed the W210 was extremely sensitive and that fractions of a degree can make a difference. There's also very little adjustment available, even with the bolt kits installed. Who knows why mfrs restrict a basic adjustment requirememt like this.

One question for MB Doc, the combined toe of the rear wheels resulted in a thrust of -1.0 degrees. They reset the rear toe which resulted in nearly 0 degrees thrust. I can't recall which way -1.0 would have directed the rear, would it have steered the rear right or left? Could this have compounded the tire wear caused by the excessive toe?

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Old 07-24-1999, 10:38 AM
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Thrust angles of more than 0.10 deg is excessive & will make a car look like it is "crabbing" down the road. Even cars w/out rear toe adjustment shouldn't have that much thrust angle. I've done 1000+ alignments & one of the first things that you learn is how much the rear alignment affects the front. Most "good" shops always do 4-wheel alignments, & what that means is that the front is set to compensate for the thrust angle of the rear axle. Most important thing is how does the car feel now?? Some(most) times uneven tires from bad alignment will make the car still feel a bit out!
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Old 07-25-1999, 06:12 PM
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The car feels far better now. Asside from the exceesive toe wearing the front tires, the out of spec rear thrust angle was most likely why it felt so squirrely. They rotated the tires front to rear so there's no hangover effect from the wear. The former good handling has returned, probably a result of the rear not going a different direction than the front!

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