JasonA Posted January 17, 2005 Report Share Posted January 17, 2005 This is a question relating to the Grand Caravan we just bought, but it could happen to any of us out there I think, so I wanted to bring this up here and see if anyone has any advice. I also posted it on a Chrysler minivan forum, and I'll post any feedback I get from them here also, in case anyone is interested. I put a new set of tires on it today, at Sears. I had narrowed it down to the Goodyear ComforTred or the Michelin Agility. The Agility is a Sears-only brand, but after calling Michelin today, I verified that it's based on the Harmony, which is their very well-reviewed general market tire. Past experience with Michelin (and with Goodyear, in fact) steered me, so to speak, towards the Agility. As part of purchasing new tires today, a free alignment check was included. Everything looked good, except for toe. The data on the sheet is consistent with itself, but not with how the van drives. The sheet reports LF toe at -.56* and RF toe at +.67*. This means both tires are pointing to the left. Both are out of tolerance. Total toe is .11*, which is within tolerance...perfect actually (tolerance is -.10* to +.30*). This would make sense -- if both tires are pointing to the left, total toe could still be (and is) correct. They also have a "Steer Ahead" field, and it's listed as -.62*, which is consistent with the above data (indicates pointing to the left). However, the van drives perfectly straight on the road. Looking at the data above, you would think the van would severely pull to the left. But it drives very straight. The steering wheel points straight-away, and if you take your hand off the wheel, even at Interstate speeds, it runs straight. Could the technician simply have set it up "wrong"? Could he just have had the tires turned to the left slightly when aligning it, and getting "bad" readings? I'm not an alignment tech. at all, so I don't know if that's possible. Anyone have experience with this? Thanks VERY much! If it sounds like that's exactly what he did (set it up wrong), I'll save my 40 bucks and just watch the tire wear. Jason(2001 STS, White Diamond) "When you turn your car on...does it return the favor?" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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