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Old 11-26-2010, 08:09 AM   #1
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Whats wrong with my wheel alignment?

2002 Mazda Protege 5 w/ 121,000km. My back tires went bald after 1 year. I was told to change front struts & have alignment done. I installed new struts in front & had wheel alignment done at local tire shop (they only change tires & alignments). They couldn't completely re-align my wheels. They said they're not a mechanic shop but it could be anything. They gave me a print of the closest they could get to spec. Can anyone suggest why my wheels cant go into full alignment?
I don't understand the numbers on the read out completely IE: SAI, Toe, Thrust angle
Ive attached my readout, can anyone make out whats possibly wrong and why my vehicle cant completely align?

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Old 11-26-2010, 05:27 PM   #2
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Why did you replace the front struts, because the person said its making your rear tires bald?
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:48 AM   #3
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yeah, he said they were leaking oil and they contributed to the tires balding
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:52 AM   #4
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Go to another mechanic, tell him to take a look at the front struts to see if they look alright, don't tell them another mechanic said it was leaking. If it's legit then get it fixed.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:48 AM   #5
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Well that right rear wheel toe in looks a bit awkward. You need to get that down. The tyre will be travelling sideways a well as forward. Toe is supposed to compensate for movement in the suspension when the car is moving, encouraging the tyres point straight


Your thrust is probably out because the excessive toe in. Thrust is the wheels not pointing in the same direction as the centreline of the car.

I'm not sure how rear wheel thrust can be sorted out by replacing front struts.
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:57 AM   #6
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Well that right rear wheel toe in looks a bit awkward. You need to get that down. The tyre will be travelling sideways a well as forward. Toe is supposed to compensate for movement in the suspension when the car is moving, encouraging the tyres point straight


Your thrust is probably out because the excessive toe in. Thrust is the wheels not pointing in the same direction as the centreline of the car.

I'm not sure how rear wheel thrust can be sorted out by replacing front struts.
Make sure to top off the blinker fluid while they're working on it too.
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Make sure to top off the blinker fluid while they're working on it too.


I see that Kaleco are stocking adjustable power bands now, should go well with their Kuneutson valve and VBA.
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