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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-18-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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just got back from a trip to the florida coast in my 66 vert willow green,car ran great no problems just a little card adj. in fl.but the car wandered on the road alot. just put new idler arm, drag link and a fresh alignment , but the strut bushings look alittle flat. and advice?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 06:48 AM
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A lot of time this can be caused by the tires themselves - do they have an odd wear pattern or a lot of cupping? How are the wheel bearings?

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 08:18 AM
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I would bet it is the tires as well. Most of us drive our cars so little that the tires age long before the tread wears. Check the tire date where the DOT stamp is. If more than 7 years old replace them. I replaced my 12 year old tires when I bought the car and the handling difference was nothing short of dramatic.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 10:27 AM
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Assuming that your car has radial tires, it needs all the caster that is available. The factory specs, published for old narrow bias ply tires, calls for a fraction of a degree. You need 2-3. Make sure that you find a real alignment shop that can do what you want. The chain tire stores employ only $10 per hour people who can only follow the directions on the screen.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 05:38 PM
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Mine did the same thing......it needs more caster.

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