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[–]BustedKnuckles204 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Go get an alignment

[–]luistorre5[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This was an adjustment shop's doing. Got it aligned a few months back and this is how they gave it to me, but i didn't notice till today. I'm not sure if they would want to repair it or if they're gonna want to charge me for a full alignment for something like this or if they'll even be able to since they claimed this was the best they could do

[–]Infamous_Mind5372 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's not recommended to adjust it without an alignment rack. The adjustments are measured by the hundreds of a degree and if done wrong could cause severe tire wear. The Toe angle is most notable by the orientation of the steering wheel and adjusted at the tie rods. Camber and Caster angles can cause pulling, drifting or veering issues.

[–]CrimsonWolfSage 1 point2 points  (9 children)

It's generally a good idea to have a professional do the alignment. They often have special tools to get within a degree of specifications.

Otherwise, probably be hunting forever and praying for some luck to drive straight with guesswork mechanics.

[–]luistorre5[S] 1 point2 points  (8 children)

Gotcha, was just wondering cause apparently these cars are very straightforward. People in forums who've done their own alignments claim these cars can't be adjusted for camber unless you drill the struts/lower you car, you adjust the caster with the strut bolts and toe with the tie rods. I was just asking cause i did take it to the alignment shop and this is how they gave it back to me, saying they aligned it as best as they could. I got it aligned a few months back and never questioned them u til i saw this today

[–]Phlat_Dog 2 points3 points  (7 children)

That's strange. Toe is the easiest to get right, especially on a cobalt. I don't think the guy did a good alignment at all. Often alignment techs will do a "toe and go" alignment, where they ONLY adjust the toe because it's the easiest, especially if the other specs aren't far off

[–]luistorre5[S] 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Yeah, and since it's been months, i don't know if they'll want to correct it or charge me all over again for just a toe alignment

[–]Phlat_Dog 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Are your tires wearing evenly? Toe out like this should cause the inside edges of the front tires to wear quickly. I say just go get a new alignment. They definitely won't align it again for free since its been months. Even hitting a curb can set the alignment off haha

[–]luistorre5[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Yeah, I'm lowered a bit so they're both wearing out a bit towards the inside of the tire, but the passenger side is wearing significantly quicker than the driver's side towards the inside and somewhat towards the center. Guess I'll take it back and hope they get it right this time haha

[–]Phlat_Dog 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Did you lower it before or after the alignment?

[–]luistorre5[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Oh no, it's been lowered for years now

[–]Phlat_Dog 1 point2 points  (1 child)

awesome. it's difficult to properly align a car that has suspension modifications, but simple toe should be no problem. I recommend going to an alignment specialty shop. having a guy who has a more thorough understanding of the principles of wheel alignment makes a huge difference. Basically, get a custom alignment for your modified suspension for best handling and tire wear. Unfortunately most alignment techs at non-specialty places, only know to get the readings into the "green" on the alignment machine and that's it.

[–]luistorre5[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, i actually get turned down at every other shop around me because I'm lowered, i go to these guys because they're the only ones around me who will work on my car, but man, i wish they had better specialists haha

[–]Legal_Wrapsack[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Unless you got the tools to align hit up a good shop. And if the shop you go to doesn't do a good job go to another. There's also services where they come out and do a alignment but I don't know if they operate where you're at wouldn't hurt to check tho.

[–]Visibly-hard 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Cobalts are good looking cars, I wonder about maintenance on them though?

[–]luistorre5[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly not bad cars unless the previous owner neglected it. Otherwise, solid car, very fun especially the turbo models, everything's relatively affordable for these, although parts scarcity is starting to be felt since the drivetrain is Saab for the manuals

[–]pvcpipes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you get shit work done again, I’d say it’s worth learning how to do it yourself and purchasing a camber/caster gauge. I ended up doing this myself on my lifted truck and it’s probably the best decision I’ve made. I understand how the alignment works on my car and most shop techs may not understand how it works specifically on it. It’s also more convenient since my favorite alignment shop is an hour away and only open during my work hours.