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Hello, since I do not know your knowledge of alignments, I will try explain in layman terms
There are 3 different adjustments on front of car. Toe,Caster,Camber
Toe is looking down on top of car and seeing if the tires point straight ahead
Camber is the top of the tire leaning in or out
Caster is how far the tire is forward or backward looking at side of the car.
Now. Only caster and toe will cause a pull. I suspect the toe is dead on and also the caster. BUT... sometimes suspension shifts to where you need to think outside the box and make adjustments not at factory specs. I suspect caster is at fault. They probably have dead on but it needs tweeking. If you measure the center of one tire to the center of the other tire, same side of car, this is caster. Caster will NOT cause tire wear.
On all cars the LF tire sits back slightly to account for crown in the road. I think yours is set back too far. Meaning, they neeed to move caster either forward on LF or rearward on RF. Either one will work. Fortunatley, caster is adjustable on your car. IF not done already, there are 3 rivits to be drilled out on top of strut, then the strut will slide forward or rearward to move tire front or rear. They need to pick a side. I suggest LF and move the tire more to the front of the car. Your problem will be solved. I do this all the time. Below is info on how to adjust . Just FYI/ Hope this helps. Thanks
I have access to the caddy bulletins.
yes, please send a copy of alignment if you can. If not, i will have you read off some things
This is the last alignment we did, several weeks ago. If didn't help with the pull. Yesterday I drilled the slot to maximize the adjustment so I could shift the bolts to the extreme end of the factory slots. Did nothing.
Let me know if you have any solutions or even guesses.
First message didn't seem to go through.
The alignment was done before I drilled the holes. I thought that when we got the pull corrected I would then have the alignment redone.
Does that make sense?
I am not sure I understand but I will try to explain.
I have the bushings for the struts replaced. It made the left pull much worse.
The mechanic then took the car to Les Schwab to have the pull fixed.
It didn't work.
I took it back and the alignment guys realignmend the car several times. After each I test drove it on the freeway and around the block to see if it worked or improved. No real change took place. They did read your first set of instructions and incorporated a little bit of what you suggested.
Again, nothing worked.
I then took the car home and went to work myself and extended the slots on each side as suggested. No alignment has been done since. I tried to attach two pictures of the holes but it wouldn't take them.
made a number of a
The report is an, "after alignment" report.
I do not have a copy of the "before alignment" report.
However, the alignment report is, before I drilled the slotted holes.
If that doesn't make sense, call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX or send me a phone number and I will call you.
Did you get my reply yesterday?
Late last week I drilled new holes towards the rear on the left and front on the right side. We then realigned the front end. It tracks straight most of the time and sometimes might wander to the right. Strangely once in a while it will wander left as before but not as bad. The following is the printout.
Thank you for your time and advise.