159 2.4 20007 plate
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Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
When having the four wheel alignment done ensure the front toe is set to 0 - tell the company and tell them again on the day what you want and that you want it spot on - not near enough. Quite a few companies state that their equipment will have the latest spec and they set it to that. Do not take that at face value; lots of companies do not have the latest specifications (no matter what they say) and also if they are lazy the tolerances can leave the toe almost at the original settings with original levels of wear, there is no reason on good equipment why it isn't spot on and the specifications in the machine can be manually over-ridden.
If you are questioned be polite but firm and insist on seeing the print out. If you have looked at the other thread you know what a print out looks like many companies (not all) have staff who do alignment by numbers and having read the threads you already know more about your 159 geometry settings than they do. Unless, of course, you take it to an Alfa specialist.
Almost no matter what the front toe is, provided it is equal and suspension bushes etc. are in good condition, the pull may be caused by the rear toe being out of adjustment meaning the "thrust angle" is not along the centre of the car.
Of course there is no point getting alignment done if any of the suspension components are worn and that could be a reason for the pulling. Also if Mangoletsi are about to play with front suspension components (I don't know what has to come off to allow drive shaft removal) then wait for that to be done before having the alignment checked and adjusted.
Last edited by kandlbarrett; 02-01-12 at 21:58.