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Alignment and balance
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I recently had my front tyres changed after which the car has never quite been the same.  The change was done at a big national company and it’s unbelievable that they can not actually do what they are paid to do.

I drove the car home (got the wheels changed it Wales, but actually live in London) and the car had awful vibrations through the steering wheel at motorway speeds and the steering wheel just wouldn’t sit straight. 

 

I took it to a more specialist tyre company who rebalanced the tyres (apperently they were 80g out) and did the alignment. However, even after the alignment was done the steering wheel still wouldn’t sit correctly. Went back they made some slight adjustments and we tried again. Still no luck, car has a definite pull to the right and the steering wheel wants to sit off centre (but more to the left). 

It has been back again and I have got the print out from the check. Front wheels are all in the green as is the right rear. However, the left rear is massively out. They tell me that the rear tyres can not be adjusted as they are fixed.  They reckon it is likely a manufacturing fault

1)Could this be causing the issue (it’s certainly only more pronounced since I had the wheels changed)

2) has anyone else had an alignment check and how were the rears?

 

thanks in advance 

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1 hour ago, Saeagle said:

I recently had my front tyres changed after which the car has never quite been the same.  The change was done at a big national company and it’s unbelievable that they can not actually do what they are paid to do.

I drove the car home (got the wheels changed it Wales, but actually live in London) and the car had awful vibrations through the steering wheel at motorway speeds and the steering wheel just wouldn’t sit straight. 

 

I took it to a more specialist tyre company who rebalanced the tyres (apperently they were 80g out) and did the alignment. However, even after the alignment was done the steering wheel still wouldn’t sit correctly. Went back they made some slight adjustments and we tried again. Still no luck, car has a definite pull to the right and the steering wheel wants to sit off centre (but more to the left). 

It has been back again and I have got the print out from the check. Front wheels are all in the green as is the right rear. However, the left rear is massively out. They tell me that the rear tyres can not be adjusted as they are fixed.  They reckon it is likely a manufacturing fault

1)Could this be causing the issue (it’s certainly only more pronounced since I had the wheels changed)

2) has anyone else had an alignment check and how were the rears?

 

thanks in advance 

My guess is there is some piece of junk left stuck to the rims or the hub, which misalignes the wheel. The other options is really unbelievable, but possible - they made something wrong - hit the car or something like that...

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Hi YES do not rule out manufacturing issues lots of us who had a shakee ass megane had problems with rear axle alignment ours did only  6000 miles on rear tyres dealer noticed excessive wear to inner half only at 3000 miles  fronts did 22,000  after much arguing by dealer renault  paid for new rear axle after that it did about 12,000 miles on rear so while not good a lot better as for the junk theory think this would make wheel 

now that said rear may have hit something  hard a kerb- pot hole whatever  your problem maybe convincing renault  it is not your fault 

not sure about junk on hub as this would make wheel wobble and i would think you would notice the vibration from this 

as for steering wheel not being in centre  this is just a matter of adjusting  track rod ends correctly this does take a while sometimes and if you are not happy take it back and let them have another go , now when you say car is pulling do you mean if you let go of steering wheel it drives to one side or if you hold wheel in centre it drives to one side in which case car is probably ok

JC

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Thanks for all the advice guys.  

 

The car car was new when I bought it and guess those tyres could have grooved into the way the car was pulling hence me never actually noticing it.  It was just strange that literally driving out of the original tyre depot I noticed that the steering wheel was no longer centre. Only reason for not going back then was that I was away from home and had a meeting I had to attend (so thought I would sort it when I got home). It was on the drive back at the higher speed that I notIced the vibrations. They are the 19inch (just in case it makes any difference).

 

JC; the car has been back three times and the last time they fixed the steering wheel with some device (so it couldn’t move) and then adjusted the rods. With regard to the pulling. If I hold it centre it drifts massively right. I appreciate the road had some help in that but I drove another Kadjar a few weeks back and was no where near as bad.

its going in on Tuesday for some other work and so I am going to leave it with them till we get a sensible solution/answer

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I'm in exactly the same position.

 

If I hold my steering wheel straight it pulls to the right and in order to keep the car straight the steering points slightly to the left.

It's been in and out of garages using laser equipment (which I'm told is the best on the market) to try and rectify the issue. Unfortunately, no-one can resolve it so I've taken my issue to the motor ombudsman in the hope that they can get someone to look at it.

 

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Hi this might sound stupid tyres have an inner and outer marking on them just look and make sure they say they are both saying the same.i was a tyre fitter for 16 years with Michelin in the 80-90s.

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