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Wheel alignment - splitting hair?


Old 09-13-2018, 02:34 PM
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I recently got a 2014 A8L and decided to take it in for a wheel alignment. I don't remember it being noticeably bad but didn't want to wake up one day and realize I need new tires because it's been off for a while. So I took it to a local Firestone shop here in San Diego, here is the print-out. It all looks decent and in range. However I just couldn't stand left and right side not being the same number, or not being bang on in the middle of the range. The steering wheel also came out off by about 5 degrees too, haven't noticed this before. So I took it back and had them redo it. Below are both printouts, the second one seems better but now left front camber is out of range, in red. They gave me this whole story about European cars being special and all that, and I didn't have time to argue with anyone. Looking at printouts, front cambers were both -0.9 before they even started working on it so that tells me this is doable.

The car now pulls to the right, I have to keep pushing the steering wheel left on the freeway and it's still not centered, 5 degrees off.

Before I go back and ask them to do it again, I wanted your take on this - apart from steering wheel centering which absolutely must be fixed, am I asking for too much? Are you guys happy with numbers being in green range and that's good enough?

If they can't fix it I may need to take it elsewhere, can anyone recommend a good alignment shop in San Diego?


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