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Old 05-04-2018, 10:09 PM   #1
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When having an alignment performed, do I need to take my van to a specialty shop? Or can any place like Firestone do it? Any recommendations?
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Front end alignment

It depends upon the shop and the alignment rig they have..
Some Goodyears don't have then MB programs and info so they turn them away.
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I recommend asking the shop if they have 4 wheel digital printouts to the .01 decimal. Mccoy sprinter shop in PDX has a very accurate digital machine, costs $140 IIRC, worth every penny compared to someone just measuring with a tape measure. If the caster is off, likely the front crossmember has been pushed back, so getting an alignment won't really get the job done right until this is fixed: https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=18665
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Default Re: Front end alignment

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Old 05-17-2018, 09:36 PM   #5
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I recommend asking the shop if they have 4 wheel digital printouts to the .01 decimal. Mccoy sprinter shop in PDX has a very accurate digital machine, costs $140 IIRC, worth every penny compared to someone just measuring with a tape measure. If the caster is off, likely the front crossmember has been pushed back, so getting an alignment won't really get the job done right until this is fixed: https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=18665
Regarding the linked thread, I just don't have the time to be assembling all these tools right now out of random parts. Can I not just loosen everything and use the turnbuckle to pull it forward until the dowels are on the metal?

I haven't actually checked the measurement there yet, but assuming it needs it...
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:58 PM   #6
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Default Re: Front end alignment

Remember, the T1N has ball joints that some alignment places might not be familiar with. Many people are turned away and told that they need to "replace the ball joints" before they can do an alignment.

This is often not the case.

Look up and print out any pertinent discussion about this and bring it with you.
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