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Magentis 2004 wheel alignment

My Magentis was at a shop for wheel alignment (twice) and they did nothing because it is in factory specs. It ain't good to drive and that's why I took it to 4 wheel alignment.
For front end the factory specs are quite wide though, the shop says toe-in can be anything from -3mm to +3mm ( +-0.12"). The car is old but it's driven only 130000km so there should not be worn out parts. It drives straight but feels "inaccurate" especially when driving evenly loaded.
The current values for toe-in are...
Front left -0.5mm or (-0.0197")
Front right -0.4mm or (-0.0157")
Rear left +0.7mm or (+0.0276")
Rear right +1.7mm or (+0.067")

Tomorrow it goes back to shop and front toe-in will be adjusted -2.5mm (actually toe-out) just to test what it does to driveability.
If it ain't good I'll test +2.5mm (about +0.1") total toe in.
If someone knows "good" functioning values please tell me.
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Wink toe-out

I'm talking to myself here but -2.5mm at front feels better than close to zero value.
All the strange wandering is gone, I want to test this with summertyres also.
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Front wheel drives vehicles generally prefer a small amount of toe out due to the torque of the wheels trying to turn the front wheels inward. I set mine to about 1-1.5mm toe out and it drives fine. I would check that the steering rack is functioning normally and the winter tread tyres are not the culprit.
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Got 260k miles on our '08 and never an alignment, car drives fine, but as you probably know, tire size and pressure make a huge difference.
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Got 260k miles on our '08 and never an alignment, car drives fine, but as you probably know, tire size and pressure make a huge difference.
Our 07 was the same lots of Km's no alignments ever done and typically getting around 120,000kms to every tyre set but we went on holidays and our daughter stayed at our house and minded our pets and used our magentis because it economy was a lot better than her SUV.
After we get home a few months later at the next service I notice the front tyres are scrubbing on the inner edge and the wife's been mumbling about wheel vibration. so I check the alignment and the toe is sharply out, and the front offside rim has a noticeable buckle on the inner edge when I put it on the balancing machine. needless to say the daughter who has never been a careful driver has been cutting corners and touch parking the gutters.

that is the drawback with these big rims nowadays, not enough sidewall to cushion unexpected road impacts.
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Kids! Could spend some time with stories of the son and his demolition derby with cars, but the two girls, no problems.

No problems with the '08 steel wheels as they've been pretty sturdy, but the chromed Kia wheels I had originally were destroyed by rust to the point that the tires wouldn't seal properly. Even after grinding and sealing with zinc the problem reoccurred. Couldn't believe the amount of derogation in only a few years. Junked the wheels and went to steel.

Our Acura TL 17x8 alloy wheels, bend if you look at them wrong. A couple years ago hit a pot hole, nothing unusual here in Jersey, but it was under an overpass and not very visible, but the end result was a split in the R/F wheel and a bend in the R/R.

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