View Full Version : Rough spec for toe on front wheels?
09-30-2009, 08:15 PM
I gotta replace a tie-rod end and I'm debating if I wanna be cheap and get a rough idea of the toe or if I should just bite the bullet and pay for an alignment. I know that anytime you do suspension work you should get it aligned but its just toe here. I'd rather not dish out $70 for a tech to tighten the rod by a couple turns and say its good to go.
So roughly what's the spec in something I can measure? Are our cars spec'd to be toe-in or toe-out?
09-30-2009, 09:05 PM
I don't know it this helps, but here is one of my alignments.
How do these read outs look ?
Camber (0.7° to -1.3°) = -0.5°
Caster (5.2° to 3.2°) = 4.6°
Toe (-0.05° to 0.15°) = 0.05°
Camber (-1.3° to 0.7°) = -0.6°
Caster (3.2° to 5.2°) = 4.6°
Toe (0.15° to -0.05°) = 0.06°
Total Toe (-0.10° to 0.30°) = 0.11°
Steer Ahead (-0.05° to 0.05°) = -0.01°
Camber (0.5° to -1.1°) = -0.5°
Toe (-0.08° to 0.13°) = -0.01°
Camber (-1.1° to 0.5°) = -0.6°
Toe (0.13° to -0.08°) = 0.02°
Total Toe (-0.15° to 0.25°) = 0.01°
Thrust Angle (-0.20° to 0.20°) = -0.02°
I would get the alignment done after the tie rods are changed.
09-30-2009, 09:34 PM
Yea...that's an awfully small amount of toe.
09-30-2009, 09:38 PM
Supposed to be close to zero for a factory alignment.
09-30-2009, 10:31 PM
Actually you're supposed to have some positive toe in both wheels on a FWD car.
When you've moving the wheels actualy toe-out a bit. So the small amount of toe-in when stationary helps to offset this. I usually align FWD cars to +0.10 degrees of toe on each front wheel. Never had a problem.
Toe is so hard to measure accurately you should just buck up and pay for an alignment.
Edit: Actually the front wheels on all vehicles toe-out a little bit when moving. So yeah, a little toe-in while sitting still is a good thing. Helps with straight line stability.
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