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carens ls 2.0 crdi 06

had 4 wheel alignments done 2 by dealer and 2 by ATS
and still got a left veer dealership said its because the car is camber sensitive and on a flat road the steering wheel when relaxed is slightly turned left but when queried was told it was only half a tooth out and did not need attention
 

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This was a common problem in the early models, lots of complaints in the USA & Canada if you read the "Rondo" forums, never suffered with either of my Mk3's, yours should be under warranty so why not take it to a main dealer?
 

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Correct alignment is an artform which very few 'professionals' seem capable of achieving, simply because they don't understand the basics of steering geometry.


They ignore Rule number one- CENTRE THE RACK, not the steering wheel, the rack,and set both trackcontrol arms equally before fiddling!!!!!! This is something every tyre bay seems to singularly fail to understand. Setting alignment with the rack off centre always causes trouble with pas racks because the rack will try to pull the car to what the pas valves think is the straight ahead position, wheras the tyre bay monkey will have just set the wheels straight with no reference to rack position at all.Older BL racks came with a hole that you dropped a drill bit into to lock them in straight position, you then just worked from there, it's a feature yousadly no longer see.



You have the problem that several peoplehave been meddling with it, andI bet each one has done some 'adjustment', implying that whoever had a go before got it wrong.Finding the centre position of your rack may be difficult but it can be done by jacking the front up and turning the wheel from lock to lock, noting the outermost point ofeach wheel, and measuring from the cars centreline- you then adjust the track rod ends until they are of equal length and the wheelssteer an equal amount out from the centreline- then you adjust each side by an equal amount to get the alignment right.



Buy a gunsons trakrite gauge, it'll cost less than paying for 2 tracking sessions at ATS or kwak-fit or wherever, and do it yourself.....you'll be surprised how easy it is to use provided you follow the instructions to the letter. Do a web search and you'll see how good they are.I've had one for 25 years and since the dayI bought it having been fed up with useless tyre bay efforts at alignment I've never had a problem with uneven tyre wear or steering alignment or had to pay someone else to do it, it's saved an absolute fortune.
 
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