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Old 11-10-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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SVT Stock Alignment Issues

Ok, ever since I've had the 2002 SVTF I have had problems with uneven tire wear. Alway the insides of the tires. I have about 20K miles on my tires and the insides are almost bald. I get my alignments done at NTB every 3,000 miles and have been told by another SVTF owner I need to have them adjust the toe outside of factory specs.

Has anyone done this and can you tell me what to adjust and how much??? Thanks in advance.


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with my 03 I had a tire wear problem until I started checking the psi weekly.
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you dont need to go outside of factory specs. the problem is actually that "on spec" is too broad.

for the front tires, set toe-out to a max of 1/8th inch. (preferably 1/16)
for the rear set toe to zero or max of 1/16" toe in.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:42 PM   #4
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Specs

If the SVTF is set dead on spec, it will not wear tires abnormally. The problem is in your alignment man's machine and his attitude towards the adjustments.

Instead of thinking that adjusting the suspension is THE most critical thing to make the car handle properly, he is looking at it as a way to make dollars. The more the better. The faster the better. And, many alignment machines have the +/- tolerances WAY wider than the chart below. It is to make more money faster.

So long as the numbers come up green (within the tolerance span), I will bet that he isn't touching it. As you can see, the car can be pretty toed out and still technically be in tolerance. You are wasting your money getting it aligned so often too, unless you hit something hard enough to throw the steering wheel off center. Otherwise, I rotate the tires every 5000 miles and check alignment when getting a fresh set of rubber.

You might ask to watch him next time and have him print out the actual specs he has the car set to. This might encourage him to do it right for a change.

Oh, and notice that the specs are in fractions of degrees...not inches. Makes a big difference on these cars as they are a little sensitive to adjustments.
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You might ask to watch him next time and have him print out the actual specs he has the car set to. This might encourage him to do it right for a change.

Oh, and notice that the specs are in fractions of degrees...not inches. Makes a big difference on these cars as they are a little sensitive to adjustments.
I have a print out that they did in Sept that I am going to scan tomorrow when I get to work. I would LOVE for someone to help me fight this....I would love a new set of tires because of their "lack of knowledge".

And BTW....thank you guys so much....I've never quite understood the alignment terms too well.
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Every 3K miles? Youre kidding. I have Tein S-Tech springs and had it aligned 3 years ago and its still perfect. No uneven tire wear at all. But i have a VERY good alignment guy.
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Every 3K miles? Youre kidding.
Back when I bought the 3 year alignment, the NTB guy told me that had I aligned the car every 3K miles I wouldn't have uneven tire wear.....
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Ever since I owned my car (bought it with 27000 last year now has 63000) the front driver side tire has wore on the inside much much faster than any of the other tires. Just over the weekend the front passenger side stud on the engine mount snapped into. Im just wondering if the two are related in any way?

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A quick search would have saved you a lot of questions...
There's a great thread right here from just last week:
Wheel alignment/tire rotation/brake rotor q's
And another:
SVT Alignment Issues
And another:
stock SVT alignment settings?
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