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Old 03-20-2017, 04:18 PM   #1
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Steering issues after ps flush

Hello everybody yet again,
I recently (yesterday) had an alignment along with new front tires, and a power steering flush done to my focus and now the wheel doesnt true 100% after turning. It will turn back with about a quarter or an eighth of a turn to go and have to physically turn the wheel straight. Any ideas?


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Post your alignment numbers?

Not that it'll matter for this - did you at least get Mercon fluid from them? Or did they use generic P/S fluid?
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I called to find out earlier with no answer, shop was closed but my numbers came back:
LF/RF Camber: -0.6/-0.4, Toe 0.06/0.04 Steer Ahead: 0.01
LR/RR Camber: -1.1/-1.6 Toe: 0.16/0.19 Thrust Angle: -0.01

The rear right camber is a bit off it seems, but I did replace the shocks in the rear a couple months back.
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Actually front toe should be a TINY bit out or Zero, not toe in.

But that's not enough to change return to center feeling with the small toe in.
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Actually front toe should be a TINY bit out or Zero, not toe in.

But that's not enough to change return to center feeling with the small toe in.
I'm w/ Roger on this^^^+ changing out the rear shocks isn't going to effect the camber.
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so the place botched the alignment? they did it twice since the first time the steering wheel was a a little crooked.
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The specs they have may allow some toe in, but it's not optimal for these cars.

Zero to slightly out (negative number) is the best, no 'in' at all.

Some references call for toe in, that's common for many OTHER cars particularly all RWD cars.
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Well looks like ill be bringing it back a third tine or just take it to a more legitimate alignment location. That camber being off is going to mess with tire wear for sure though.
And for the front it should be toe in, i misread the numbers earlier in the tire shop.
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This^^^ On rear toe adjustable cars, I always adjust the rear toe 1st & then the front toe. I also have the motor running doing a castor sweep w/ a couple quick jerks of the wheel 1st & then center up the s/w, shut the motor off & get out w/o touching the wheel w/ your leg. Afterwards, a quick test drive down the block making sure the s/w is straight. Just a few additional minutes= happy customer & no come backs...
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Rear camber numbers are within range for these, not critical when in the 1-2* range.

Rear toe is acceptable and even enough.
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