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Old 10-07-2009, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After reading some of the horror stories in regard to rear alignment issues I was a bit concerned when I discovered my rear tires wearing unevenly. I brought the car, 08 Impala SS, to the dealer and they aligned it front and rear, and yes there is adjustment on the rear, for about $65.00. All seems well at this point. Did some of these cars really come with unadjustable rear wheels or were these people duped? Just wondering.

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No. Rear camber has been an issue on the 06-up Impalas for some time. There was a camber kit that the dealership could install, but you usually had to beat the manager senseless to get them to warranty it. I guess they're doing it at the factory now.

Or you had a shop where the manager already got thrown a beatin.

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i had no problem with rear tire wear, but noticed fronts rolling over bad !! took to dealer and service manager, they said looks ok ? i said no way !! we got into a disussion ,and etc. finally they said will do a 4 wheel aligment and if its with in specs. i pay!!, if not, no charge .. well i am a senoir guy and been into cars, and racing a long time, and knew factory at best does a quikie , from underneath.. i went over to the guy doing the work ,and he said everything was way off,!! toe, camber, etc... impalas dont handle very good, but this helped... some times you have to speak up , just make sure you know what your talking about.. i sometime think service mgr. dont like doing free work, but i paid good monies for this 2008 ss v8 with all the options.. rkvette

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I had to have my impala aligment done after i put my 20" rims on and it was way off. Even with stock rims i would have it done to prevent pre. tire ware out

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Getting a four wheel alignment next week. My steering wheel is off center a few degrees. $30 bucks "after hours" at my regular Cadillac dealer. Not going to waste time complaining trying to get it for free. I think the alignment is okay - just the steering wheel - was fine when i bought the car.

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After reading some of the horror stories in regard to rear alignment issues I was a bit concerned when I discovered my rear tires wearing unevenly. I brought the car, 08 Impala SS, to the dealer and they aligned it front and rear, and yes there is adjustment on the rear, for about $65.00. All seems well at this point. Did some of these cars really come with unadjustable rear wheels or were these people duped? Just wondering.
The vast majority of front wheel drive vehicles need four wheel alignments and it has been this way for many years.

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i had no problem with rear tire wear, but noticed fronts rolling over bad !! took to dealer and service manager, they said looks ok ? i said no way !! we got into a disussion ,and etc. finally they said will do a 4 wheel aligment and if its with in specs. i pay!!, if not, no charge .. well i am a senoir guy and been into cars, and racing a long time, and knew factory at best does a quikie , from underneath.. i went over to the guy doing the work ,and he said everything was way off,!! toe, camber, etc... impalas dont handle very good, but this helped... some times you have to speak up , just make sure you know what your talking about.. i sometime think service mgr. dont like doing free work, but i paid good monies for this 2008 ss v8 with all the options.. rkvette
Many new vehicles are delivered to the dealership in an out of alignment condition because when they are shipped to the dealership via the car hauler trucks, the driver loops chains around the suspension and tightens the chains down, so the car wont bounce around during transport. Only thing is, this compresses the suspension more than it ever will normally see during its life and this can pull the vehicle out of alignment. So you pay big bucks for your brand new car, it is already out of alignment and you wont notice this with a front wheel drive car until the tire wear is so bad it becomes visually noticeable. But by then, the expensive tires life has already been shortened.

The moral of the story is, don't buy a new car unless the alignment is checked, completed if necessary and a computerized printout of the alignment is provided to you, so you know the truth of the matter.

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Does anyone find that as the camber starts to get out of whack that the car performs horribly in rain or snow? It feels like you have no control and it's a constant fishtail. The first time that I drove my SS in snow it was white knuckles all the way home (and I'm from MI...). The camber was so far off and it had worn the tires so badly that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. A four wheel alignment and new tires seemed to remedy it. Now, here we go again... There was a tech that told me that his mom had the same problem and that, eventually, GM admitted that the struts on the car were too short (i.e. not broken, so no problem). Has anyone heard that? I'd just like to find a better fix than sitting in the tire shop very 10,000 miles. :(

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That really has no measurable affect in the snow. If your car has poor traction in the snow the cure is to purchase better tires.

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I took mine in after buying it used... noticed the rear camber issue. Local chevy dealer charged me 125 bucks to align it! (plus a 12 dollar rotation) They had to grind out something on the struts to make it align... Stupid me forgot to get the final alignment sheet from them to see what it was, driver side looks better but passenger side still looks like its off, i also can't see what they ground out... :( kinda late now i doubt they keep the paper work from the alignment

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I would recommend contacting the dealership. They may have a record of your service. Please feel free to keep us updated. Thank you.

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They probably won't have the alignment sheet, but they will have a record of what needed to be slotted to make it work on the work order.

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I took mine in after buying it used... noticed the rear camber issue. Local chevy dealer charged me 125 bucks to align it! (plus a 12 dollar rotation) They had to grind out something on the struts to make it align... Stupid me forgot to get the final alignment sheet from them to see what it was, driver side looks better but passenger side still looks like its off, i also can't see what they ground out... :( kinda late now i doubt they keep the paper work from the alignment
ya thats a good deal compared to the 400 they wanted for the same thing they did to mine. I really wish I would have noticed the problem earlier and then I would have had time to find a better price

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Yeah that's ridiculous! I would have never paid that much to fix the camber... for that much i would have made them take me under the car and show me exactly what they did.

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