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 Post subject: Shimming
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:53 pm 
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I just had a wheel alignment and they tell me to come back for shimming.
What does that mean? They tried to explain it but it was a mystery to me.....

 

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 Post subject: Re: Shimming
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:16 pm 
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The May of meant balancing

 

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 Post subject: Re: Shimming
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:22 pm 
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Camber needs to adjusted, they do this by shimming. Why they didn't do it there and then is strange. Maybe they needed to order a kit.
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 Post subject: Re: Shimming
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:45 pm 
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SWC wrote:
Camber needs to adjusted, they do this by shimming. Why they didn't do it there and then is strange. Maybe they needed to order a kit.

Sounds about right, When I pulled the front end apart on my el the left side was pretty well maxxed out with shims and wouldve needed an aftermarket kit if I lowered it more.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Shimming
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:16 pm 
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I'm not particularly happy. It went in because it was pulling to the left and it came out still pulling to the left.
So I have to take it back next week. Plus the steering wheel has been off centre ever since the auto elect put in a new clock spring and I asked the Bridgestone people if they could centre it.
Apparently not without the shimming they said.
So I'll book it in, and I won't leave until they fix it.
And I won't put a like on their Face book page either.....

 

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 Post subject: Re: Shimming
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:16 pm 
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Sorry I'm not usually this grumpy it's been a difficult week...

 

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 Post subject: Re: Shimming
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:56 pm 
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If we are talking about an AU, you can't move the steering wheel.....well, you can, 90 degrees at a time.....not on a spline like ED and earlier.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Shimming
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:00 pm 
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cjh wrote:
If we are talking about an AU, you can't move the steering wheel.....well, you can, 90 degrees at a time.....not on a spline like ED and earlier.


You can adjust the steering whell, it is done by adjustment at the tierod ends.
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 Post subject: Re: Shimming
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:01 pm 
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Wow thanks for that info, I've been blaming the auto electrician for something he didn't do...

 

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