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alignment question

i just bought my second ranger and as soon as i pulled it off the lot and got goin down the road i noticed i had to be holding the wheel to the left to keep it straight. needless to say i turned right around and had them align it and balance the tires.. it still does it. anyone have some imput on this? i noticed someone said something about balljoints, but i looked at mine. they seem ok.

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the curve of the road...maybe...
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im not sure. i took it on a brand new flat stretch of ashphalt and it still does it.
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Check to make sure your rear end is square with the front wheels. Measure front to back on both sides ; rim to rim if you can. If there is 1/8thof an inch difference I wouldn't worry; but more than that can cause problems.
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thanks bob
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You're welcome Joe. I know alignment shops around here don't check for it. I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I see a truck crabbing down the road.
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they did a crappy job with the alignment, bring it back and make them do it right.
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im gonna go to my friend who works at the local tune up shop, see if he can straighten it out. but im going to measure it out tomorrow morning and see what the deal is.

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I'm with tireiron. Sounds like they did a ****ty job and shipped it just so you were gone. I'd take it to another alignment shop, have it done right and then take the bill do the dealer and see if they won't pay for it since they just aligned it and it wasn't done right. Just my opinion though.
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you could try checking tire pressyure too. i had some tires mounted and they put different psi's in the front tires and it pulled pretty bad
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thanks guys


im sure my dealer wouldnt do that. they're a bunch of jerks
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Yeah, they all are. Mine had some problems too that I had to deal with. I wont go back to them, bastards... As far as they are concerned, the truck isnt in thier name anymore!
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amen
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i had my neighbor take my ranger down to his friends shop. they put it on some new machine called a pin point or something like that. whatever they did, its running real straight now.

in a few months.. new tiiressssssss
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It's the road crown. Every 2 lane road in the country peaks in the center so water will run off. A perfect alignment should drift very slightly to the right. You're wasting your time, effort and money if you ever expect to get it to stop doing that. If it's significant that's one thing but if you keep complaining about it and it's not a big deal the shop will just toe the right front tire in to make it go to the left with no regard of tire wear but only to quiet the customer. Trust me, I've done probably a hundred alignments in this past year and no one ever wins this argument. Try driving on the wrong side of the road and if it still goes to the right then something is probably wrong. A brand new stretch of road is still built with a crown in it.
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it was pretty bad man. but thanks for the advice. plus i need the cash for other things.

i have family near vero beach. id love to be in florida right now
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the problem is when you're driving in the left lane of the highway on the opposite side of the crown and it still pulls to the right...
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when i start working for the city again, ill be makin enough cash to get some nice wheels and tires.. maybe even a lift
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