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I have recently got all 4 new tires from Walmart. They told me that car needs front alignment. I checked with string method that car has Toe In about about quarter of an inch (difference between string and rear of front driver side tire and front of front. It might have happened since I changed wheel hub bearing on driver side. Typically a tie rod has a locking nut where inner tie rod screws in the front piece. In my car, I don't see any locking nut over the inner/outer piece. There is nut shape on the end piece where inner and end pieces are tied. But this is not a separate locking nut. It is part of end piece.

Is it normal not to have a locking nut. Both driver and passenger sides don't have locking nuts. So to align, do I just need to hold end tie rod and tight the inner tie rod clockwise for correcting the 3/16 inches toe in issue. Any comments please

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I have recently got all 4 new tires from Walmart. They told me that car needs front alignment. I checked with string method that car has Toe In about about quarter of an inch (difference between string and rear of front driver side tire and front of front. It might have happened since I changed wheel hub bearing on driver side. Typically a tie rod has a locking nut where inner tie rod screws in the front piece. In my car, I don't see any locking nut over the inner/outer piece. There is nut shape on the end piece where inner and end pieces are tied. But this is not a separate locking nut. It is part of end piece.

Is it normal not to have a locking nut. Both driver and passenger sides don't have locking nuts. So to align, do I just need to hold end tie rod and tight the inner tie rod clockwise for correcting the 3/16 inches toe in issue. Any comments please

Thanks
John
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are you actually going to use a string to set the alignment?

do you know what the alignment specs are for this car?
 

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String method not really a good idea except for getting im ballpark to drive for alignment. Old cars were a lot simplier, all 4 wheels need to be done now also.
 

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Using string method. I am planning to do front alignment only. Since I changed hub bearing assembly, there is about 1/4 inch toe in on driver side. I am planning to correct it 3/16 by turning the inner tie rod about 3/4 turn clockwise and recheck.

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Changing a hub assembly shouldn't effect alignment at all.

Adjustment is made at the outer tie rod end.
 

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Using string method. I am planning to do front alignment only. Since I changed hub bearing assembly, there is about 1/4 inch toe in on driver side. I am planning to correct it 3/16 by turning the inner tie rod about 3/4 turn clockwise and recheck.

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john
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I am planning to correct it 3/16 by turning the inner tie rod about 3/4 turn
ah - you MIGHT what to do a LITTLE more research
on how to do alignments -
 

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.............. and those tie rod ends and their proper alignment is what determines steering wheel centering - get it wrong and the car drives pretty straight - but with the steering wheel "cocked".

After all the diddling around, the chances are great that the toe-in is out of whack. I advise taking the car to a nearby, competent alignment shop and spend the bucks on a good 4-point alignment. The car will NOT be right until you do.

.......... and toe-in is only one of of about eight "alignment" adjustments possible - and needing to be checked - on our cars.
 
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