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Old 05-13-2009, 12:38   #1 (permalink)
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Toed In Rear Wheel

Hey all. First time poster. I noticed this past weekend that both of my rear springs had, at some point, just snapped in half (my front ones blew last year =/). To save some money, I bought two quick-strut assemblies and, with the help of my trusty repair manual, my buddy and I replaced the old ones by ourselves. My problem is that my rear passenger side tire now seems to be slightly toed in. It’s not straight with the body of the car and points in roughly 4-5 degrees. It took a lot of banging, pulling, and a few swear words to get the old struts out and the new ones in and now I’m wondering if we knocked something out of place. Everything seemed to go back together correctly. We torqued everything down.
So:
1.)Will a wheel alignment help me, or do I need to get something fixed first?
2.)My repair manual gives a torque range instead of a specific number (ie 35-45 ft-lbs). We went middle of the road on everything, but could this somehow be the issue?

Any thoughts, comments, or prayers would be appreciated.

2002 Taurus
3.0L DOHC
62,000 Miles
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Old 05-13-2009, 15:26   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Toed In Rear Wheel

You need a 4 wheel alignment after any strut replacement. A MUST DO. Even if your
rear wheels look perfect after the repair they are not. Do not let them tell you we
align the rear wheels with the front. BULL S. Take it some place else. If your front wheels
are out your rear wheels will be out and your car will go down the road sideways like a crab. If you can get a 4 wheel alignment for 40 bucks don't go there. A 4 wheel alignment, a proper one with shims will cost about $80.00 or more. Your car doesn't use
shims so it might be about 80.00. NO suspension work is complete without a wheel alignment. Do not drive it very long like that because your belts in the tires will shift. They should have been rotated at least 3 times by now. Good luck.
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Old 05-13-2009, 18:26   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks chipset, I appreciate the info.
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