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Old 12th March 2023, 07:49   #1
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Wheel alignment going for a toss frequently

Hello,

I am facing a peculiar problem with my year old Kia Carens. Whenever the SC opens up the tyres, either for wheel balancing, or greasing the brake caliper pins during the first service, the wheel alignment goes for a toss. The odometer is at 7k kms; the car has been cautiously driven. The tyres don't have uneven tread, nor has the car ever been involved in any accident.

Kindly advise.

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re: Wheel alignment going for a toss frequently

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Whenever the SC opens up the tyres, either for wheel balancing, or greasing the brake caliper pins during the first service, the wheel alignment goes for a toss
What does that mean, alignment is out of spec and SC corrected it or it is within spec but vehicle behaving strange?

If it is the former, nothing alarming for the 1st instance. Check the alignment in next 2-3k km for any abnormalities.

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What does that mean, alignment is out of spec and SC corrected it or it is within spec but vehicle behaving strange?

If it is the farmer, nothing alarming for the 1st instance. Check the alignment in next 2-3k km for any abnormalities.
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Yes it's the first instance, the wheel has been taken out twice, for routine maintenance and all, and in both instance the wheel alignment was a bit off, after correction it was alright.

But my question is the wheel alignment should not be effected when the wheels are taken off for balancing or brake pads check and all.

Secondly, i have changed my steel wheel to alloy, i feel that smoothness in the OEM wheels is not there, i mean i can feel more of the road on the steering wheel. I may be acting too picky here but is this roughness felt normal.
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Re: Wheel alignment going for a toss frequently

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the wheel has been taken out twice, for routine maintenance and all, and in both instance the wheel alignment was a bit off, after correction it was alright.

But my question is the wheel alignment should not be effected when the wheels are taken off for balancing or brake pads check and all.
Is you vehicle pulling in one direction on all sort of roads ? or is there uneven wear on the front tires ?

If answer to both the above is no, then there's nothing to worry. Do not rely too much on the wheel alignment setup at dealerships. They usually are poorly maintained and must be avoided.

Infact I always recommend not to opt for Wheel alignment or balancing at dealer workshop. If one feels vehicle pulling or vibrations from tires only then the alignment or balancing respectively might be required. Go to a reliable tire and wheel shop, they'll have better setup than dealers as assembling tires/ wheels and balancing is their bread and butter.

Also, it is recommended but not necessary that both alignment and balancing need to be done together. Alignment corrects the errors in linkages and balancing counters the uneven weight distribution is the tire-wheel assemblies.

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Secondly, i have changed my steel wheel to alloy, i feel that smoothness in the OEM wheels is not there, i mean i can feel more of the road on the steering wheel. I may be acting too picky here but is this roughness felt normal.
Your statement is not clear. Have you changed from OEM steel to OEM alloys ? Did you change the tires as well ?
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Re: Wheel alignment going for a toss frequently

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Hello,

I am facing a peculiar problem with my year old Kia Carens. Whenever the SC opens up the tyres, either for wheel balancing, or greasing the brake caliper pins during the first service, the wheel alignment goes for a toss. The odometer is at 7k kms; the car has been cautiously driven. The tyres don't have uneven tread, nor has the car ever been involved in any accident.

Kindly advise.

Cheers!
How do you realize that the alignment has gone for a toss? Does the car start pulling in one direction?
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Is you vehicle pulling in one direction on all sort of roads ? or is there uneven wear on the front tires ?

If answer to both the above is no, then there's nothing to worry. Do not rely too much on the wheel alignment setup at dealerships. They usually are poorly maintained and must be avoided.

Infact I always recommend not to opt for Wheel alignment or balancing at dealer workshop. If one feels vehicle pulling or vibrations from tires only then the alignment or balancing respectively might be required. Go to a reliable tire and wheel shop, they'll have better setup than dealers as assembling tires/ wheels and balancing is their bread and butter.

Also, it is recommended but not necessary that both alignment and balancing need to be done together. Alignment corrects the errors in linkages and balancing counters the uneven weight distribution is the tire-wheel assemblies.



Your statement is not clear. Have you changed from OEM steel to OEM alloys ? Did you change the tires as well ?
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Yes the car was pulling to the left, i have changed from OEM steel wheels to after market alloys of Neo. Tyres are same which come from the company, it has not been upsized or anything.
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Re: Wheel alignment going for a toss frequently

Mind sharing the wheel alignment report?

And your feedback on pulling/drifting OR steering wheel off centre to which side, steering loose or tight, tracking straight OR cornering is stable/unstable etc etc.
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