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Old 12-17-2005, 12:01   #1 (permalink)
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the difference in SAI

Hello everyone,

I am looking for an advise here. I just got back from a shop and got
two new tires (front). They did courtesy alignment check and say it is
all OK. Now I see on the printout the left SAI is 20.7 and the right is
10.3. It seems to be a big difference! Also, the car is pulling to the
right slightly now and the steering wheel is off the center quite a
lot! It was just fine before I put the tires.

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Old 12-17-2005, 12:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: the difference in SAI

leckig@gmail.com wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> I am looking for an advise here. I just got back from a shop and got
> two new tires (front). They did courtesy alignment check and say it is
> all OK. Now I see on the printout the left SAI is 20.7 and the right is
> 10.3. It seems to be a big difference! Also, the car is pulling to the
> right slightly now and the steering wheel is off the center quite a
> lot! It was just fine before I put the tires.


doesnt need interpreting.. needs to go back.

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Old 12-17-2005, 13:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: the difference in SAI

In article
<1134843450.435800.114400@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com>,
leckig@gmail.com wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> I am looking for an advise here. I just got back from a shop and got
> two new tires (front). They did courtesy alignment check and say it is
> all OK. Now I see on the printout the left SAI is 20.7 and the right is
> 10.3. It seems to be a big difference! Also, the car is pulling to the
> right slightly now and the steering wheel is off the center quite a
> lot! It was just fine before I put the tires.


SAI (steering axis inclination) is not adjustable, if there is a
10* difference, something is bent.
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Old 12-17-2005, 14:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: the difference in SAI

Thanks!
what may be bent? would it be the steering knuckle? Any idea about the
cost?

I just got this car 3 weeks ago, now I think it may have been in an
accident before...

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Old 12-17-2005, 18:01   #5 (permalink)
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In article
<1134851962.645960.158740@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
leckig@gmail.com wrote:

> Thanks!
> what may be bent? would it be the steering knuckle?


Knuckle or spindle.

> Any idea about the
> cost?


Without knowing the year, make and model, no.

> I just got this car 3 weeks ago, now I think it may have been in an
> accident before...


You can bet on it if the SAI is 10* different side to side.
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Old 12-17-2005, 20:01   #6 (permalink)
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great...
1999 taurus SE
I need to carfax it. or maybe not...

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Old 12-17-2005, 22:01   #7 (permalink)
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"aarcuda69062" <nonelson@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
news:nonelson-EE3979.18280017122005@newsclstr02.news.prodigy.com...
> In article
> <1134851962.645960.158740@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
> leckig@gmail.com wrote:
>
>> Thanks!
>> what may be bent? would it be the steering knuckle?

>
> Knuckle or spindle.
>
>> Any idea about the
>> cost?

>
> Without knowing the year, make and model, no.
>
>> I just got this car 3 weeks ago, now I think it may have been in an
>> accident before...

>
> You can bet on it if the SAI is 10* different side to side.


They might have just smacked a curb or something.
You might need a new suspension component and
align to make it right.

Take it to a body shop and have them look under the hood.
Good bodyman can spot repairs due to paint overspray,
cracked factory paint that they don't fix, etc.

Last time I bought a used car I went around it looking
for telltale overspray, etc. Took about 15 minutes to
really check it out.


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