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Old 06-18-2002, 12:56   #1 (permalink)
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Will heavy cornering affect wheel alignment?

A query...

I recently the XR8 up and down a windy, hilly road and now I see that the outside edge of the front tyres have that sawtooth feel when you run your hand over it..

Is my wheel alignment out or is the heavy cornering to blame?

The wheel alignment was to have been done only about a month or two ago.

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The wheel alignment you had done probably suited day-to-day driving. An extended thrashing has feathered your tyres because the alignment wasn't set for "optimum" handling.

If you drive like this all the time show the tyres to the wheel alignment guy. If he (or she?) knows what they are doing they should be able to dial in something more appropriate.

The alignment shouldn't have moved from heavy cornering but may have if you struck some decent potholes/curbs etc.
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Old 06-18-2002, 19:44   #3 (permalink)
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further to raptors advice bumping up tyre pressures before any hard driving will also help - I run mine on 32 usually but if I'm going for a fang up the mountain I'll go to 38 or 40 up front and about 32 to 36 in the rears - even so you can still expect some feathering on the outside edge because of the very high castor angles today's cars are running.
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The wheel alignment you had done probably suited day-to-day driving. An extended thrashing has feathered your tyres because the alignment wasn't set for "optimum" handling.

If you drive like this all the time show the tyres to the wheel alignment guy. If he (or she?) knows what they are doing they should be able to dial in something more appropriate.

The alignment shouldn't have moved from heavy cornering but may have if you struck some decent potholes/curbs etc.
Thanks for that. Great description of the problem!!

Its going in next week to have its wheel alignment redone.

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Hard driving shouldn't move the wheel alignment, unless you hit something like a huge pothole or smacked a gutter.
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