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Old April 27th, 2015, 12:08 PM   #1
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Can't get a complete tire alignment...

Took my car to Big O Tires in Arvada the other day to get a 4 wheel alignment, and I was told I had to spend $972 on new ball joints and adjustable control arms for the front and rear to get everything into spec for the alignment, because everything is so worn out.

They were able to get the toe adjusted properly, but they can't the camber into spec.

I've never even heard of such a thing.

Can anyone corroborate this or is there a cheaper alternative?

only has a 143,xxx miles on it.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 02:29 PM   #2
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camber isn't adjustable from the factory. You need front and rear camber kits. I just got adjustable godspeed front upper arms for $127 and wicked tuning sells a rear camber kit for $90
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Old April 27th, 2015, 02:50 PM   #3
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With our cars its set the toe and go unless you want camber kits. I'd go somewhere else from now on just because they tried to jack you. So what is the issue exactly? How out of spec is the camber? I'm rocking almost -2 in front and -3 out back and its fine.
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post up the alignment spec sheet and let's see where they set everything...
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Old April 27th, 2015, 05:44 PM   #5
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These are the measurements of the car alignment before they made adjustments



These are the measurements after the alignment
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Old April 27th, 2015, 05:46 PM   #6
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Yeah, they are trying to jack you on Camber adjustment...being it cant be done. I thought they could fix caster.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 06:11 PM   #7
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With our cars its set the toe and go unless you want camber kits. I'd go somewhere else from now on just because they tried to jack you. So what is the issue exactly? How out of spec is the camber? I'm rocking almost -2 in front and -3 out back and its fine.
well they're saying I'm wearing the inside of the tires out too fast. I just put new tires on 7,000 miles ago and already have belts showing on the passenger front, and the driver front is really worn. both fronts need to be replaced already. not even time to rotate yet and already worn out.

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camber isn't adjustable from the factory. You need front and rear camber kits. I just got adjustable godspeed front upper arms for $127 and wicked tuning sells a rear camber kit for $90
got links to this stuff?
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Old April 27th, 2015, 07:07 PM   #9
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thanks!
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Old April 27th, 2015, 08:22 PM   #10
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Although the fact that one side is in spec and one isn't might mean that something else needs to be replaced
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Old April 27th, 2015, 08:34 PM   #11
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probably the ball joints up front. or the tie rods. I can hear something making noise when I turn the steering wheel to turn or go around a curve.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 09:00 PM   #12
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did your car get hit?
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Old April 27th, 2015, 10:06 PM   #13
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did your car get hit?
not that I'm aware of. In jan 2014, i hit a patch of ice and slid into a curb and bent one of my rear driver side control arms, but I replaced it with a new one. that's the only thing I can think of.

I'm the 2nd owner of the car, and sadly it's not a car that has been taken care of by the previous owner. The use car dealership did a good job at hiding a lot of things.

trying to fix it up and keep driving it, but I may be fighting a losing battle here.

cat needs to be replaced along with the 2 o2 sensors.
need ball joints and tie rods
possibly needing a clutch
need 2 front tires
going to need shocks and struts before long
needs body work and a paint job
front and rear bumper need completely replaced.
engine needs to be replaced (burning 5 qts of oil per month)

problem is I have ****ty credit thanks to a bad chargeoff by Sallie Mae that shouldn't have been charged off in the first place, a low credit score because of it, and no money to put down on something else, and I still owe $1900 on this piece of junk.
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Old April 29th, 2015, 04:12 PM   #14
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do those front adjustables have the ball joint in them already?
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do those front adjustables have the ball joint in them already?
they come with the actual balljoint separate but its easy to put together
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