Have a slight Bend in my tie rod after straighten it what is the correct procedure to check the toe in
Charles ; I do it this way.
Some years ago I remember seeing a measuring tool that was a pipe with a spring loaded tip on the end and a gauge on the tube to measure the difference from the front of the tire to the rear of the tire.
You can see it again if you click on the link I posted.
I use two yardsticks..a clamp, and a tape measure.
Clamp the 2 yardsticks at the front at axle heigth
and measure the length of your clamped yardsticks with the tape measure. Write the number down..so you don't forget it like I always do!
Repeat at the back half. Compare the two measurements. Adjust as necessary. Plain and simple to do. I have Pete spot on, the '13 close enough for who it's for, and will soon do the same on my "new" '12 once I get my spindles back and the wheels on.
Charles, if your toe in was OK, there is probably no need to alter it. It would take a heck of a bend in the tie rod to make re-adjustment necessary.
If you are just checking, go ahead with any of the suggestions posted.
Allan from down under.
The way Antonie does it is the way they did it when I worked at the Rolls Royce dealer in San Francisco in 1966.
When I went back there in the seventies they were still doing it that way in 1978.
They scribed a line in the tire instead of a line on tape as Antonie does.
Anything between 1/16 th and a quarter inch is ok on a T.
The more camber the car has the more toe in you should give it.
Antonie and Aaron this is the simplest and best way. Before we got the alignment machine at my shop this is the way we set the toe on ambulances. We have a tool that scribes the line on the tire like Aaron said and a bar with pointers to line up with the scribed lines. I used it to set toe on my friends and my Ts
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Steve that is the type of tool I was talking about thanks for the post.