Jump to content
Do Not Sell My Personal Information


Steering Alignment?


MiltyG565
 Share

Recommended Posts

I'm really enjoying my Focus since I got it a couple of weeks ago, but there's one major thing spoiling it for me - The steering. It constantly wants to turn left... not just a little bit either - if you let go, you're trundling towards the hedges immediately. I could live with that, if that's all it was, but it's not, because it ruins everything. Turning left is fine, but turning right is like trying to do a loop-de-loop in a Boeing 747 - it's a real battle (ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but you understand what I mean - it's entirely spoilt).

So I had a quick thumb through the Haynes manual, which said the only adjustment that can be made to the alignment is the toe angle. Would it be the toe angle causing this problem? I wouldn't have thought so, but I could be wrong (there's a first time for everything, I suppose :P ).

What do you guys think I should do?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think you should take it somewhere and get the wheel alignment checked. Because to me it sounds like [at least] the tracking is WAY off. But if it's as bad as that then you could have a bent track rod (which can happen if you ever kerbed it at any significant speed), or some other problem with the wheel/steering assembly.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think you should take it somewhere and get the wheel alignment checked. Because to me it sounds like [at least] the tracking is WAY off. But if it's as bad as that then you could have a bent track rod (which can happen if you ever kerbed it at any significant speed), or some other problem with the wheel/steering assembly.

Yes, I'm waiting patiently for my dad to have a look at it, which will be when he "gets time" (i.e. some time between now and the end of time). I can only do so much work to the car myself, as I'm somewhat disabled. But If there's a part that needs replaced, I'd rather know, order the part, and have it sitting ready to be fixed for when my dad gets around to it. I've never knocked the kerb at all in it, but I can't say too much for the previous owner (who was apparently Brendan Rodgers' (of LFC fame) niece).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Does sound like tracking.

Get a garage or at a push QwikFit (aargh) to stick their alignment sensors on the wheels and check.

My car mightn't be worth much, but it's never going to put an inch into a Kwik Fit garage :lol:

How much would normally be charged for having the super-duper laser alignment machine put onto my car?

Link to comment
Share on other sites


area dependant but here is like 35 notes

:o Nope, sorry, I can't afford that right now - working in a music shop doesn't that well :rolleyes:

(also, we still use GBP/Sterling in Antrim :) )

Link to comment
Share on other sites


My car mightn't be worth much, but it's never going to put an inch into a Kwik Fit garage :lol:

How much would normally be charged for having the super-duper laser alignment machine put onto my car?

I got a full 4-wheel alignment done at Bush Tyres (I think they're only in Lincolnshire) for £90.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

ur north then....londonderry... sorry derry lol

Careful! ;)

Yes, I'm in the North. In south Antrim. About 2 miles West, and I'm in South Co. LondonDerry.

I got a full 4-wheel alignment done at Bush Tyres (I think they're only in Lincolnshire) for £90.

Goodness, that's a little steep, wouldn't you think? Maybe I've just considerably underestimated the value of the service?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Careful! ;)

Yes, I'm in the North. In south Antrim. About 2 miles West, and I'm in South Co. LondonDerry.

lol used to work in ireland, southern for the main majority but have been londonderry (waterside) a few times shop fitting for dunnes stores, i just found it funny that london was spray painted overevery sign and it just stated derry lol.... also visited letterkenny a few times also.....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

lol used to work in ireland, southern for the main majority but have been londonderry (waterside) a few times shop fitting for dunnes stores, i just found it funny that london was spray painted overevery sign and it just stated derry lol.... also visited letterkenny a few times also.....

Yeah, that's kind of what's to be expected when there's a disagreement on what it's called, I suppose. It's an odd place, Northern Ireland, to say the least :rolleyes:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Also known as Free Derry or Stroke City.

My missus is from Belfast. ;)

It's known as a lot of things, yes :lol: Some people get really annoyed about it. I've got bigger things to worry about, if I'm honest :rolleyes:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Check out alignmycar.co.uk to see where the nearest hunter pro align specialist is, most will charge for a check or have a set rate for front and rear adjustment but ask to see what the vehicle is currently doing before they adjust it as u may only need the front toe adjusting.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Forums


News


Membership