2nd Gear Poster
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: VA, TN during school year
Back and forth movement in tire--How do I find the problem?
Okay there is a similar question up, but I started my own thread to avoid confusion. My thunderbird mostly just sits in my driveway at the time being. I changed a tire on it the other day and performed the wiggle test. It moves from side to side. I broke out the haynes manual and starting checking for looseness in different areas. I found the camber adjustment screw was loose. Suspensions are definitely not my area of expertise, but I assumed it should be tight because the one on the other side of the car was tight. I tightened it, and the movement is now rather miniscule, but still present. I asked a friend's advice and he said he thought it was normal play at this point. I felt for the steering gear mounting screw and it is tight the best I can tell. (I can't get a wrench on it without taking something major off.) The movement could originally be seen in the lower control arm(I hope I'm using the right term--its the one with the camber adjustment screw on the end of it) and the tie rod. Now the movement can ever so slightly be seen in the tie rod. The other wheel can also be seen turning as well when I wiggle the one in question. The movement is not more than a centimeter in range. I plan on getting an alignment soon, but I am trying to decide if anything needs to be replaced before the car is aligned, so I can avoid labor charges. (I'm a college student, and I don't have a whole lot of money.) Also, Can 4-wheel alignments be performed on a rear-wheel drive? There has been an ongoing debate about this between a couple of friends and myself for quites some time now.
Thank you for any information you can provide.
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