Suspension, Steering and Brakes Alignment woes

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by goonerfromlag, Wednesday 25th Jul, 2012.

  1. goonerfromlag Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi guys, I've had 4 wheel alignment adjusted, twice, as the car still veered to the left. It has improved though the car still pulls to the left.Elite Direct insist that 'caster' cannot be adjusted on the 7th Generation accord. My research suggests it's the camber that cannot be adjusted.I'll be putting two new tyres on the front, as they are adamant that my passenger side tyre is more worn down than the driver side one, hence the pull to the left. What do you think? Thanks.


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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Wow that is a strange one indeed, the front toe can be correct and that is bang on as per your read out ,its your camber which is adversely affected.I would normally expect the rears on the saloon to be out but this is opposite.A few question has this car be involved on a front damage or side accident

    What us the condition of the ARB bushes,drop link,compliance bushes, tie rod end, top wishbone and dampers?
     
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  3. goonerfromlag Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Thanks CJ, re: accident, not that I'm aware of, HPI check did not turn up with any accident history. Re: condition of the suspension bits, don't have a clue. ED supposedly had a look and didn't find anything wrong/worn.
    Will be taking it in to see a suspension/alignment specialist in due course. Will fitting after market adjustable camber arms/links help?
     
  4. goonerfromlag Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Can the caster on a 2007 accord diesel be adjusted?
     
  5. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Aftermarket top arm ball joints or adjustable arms will cure this but you need to get to the bottom of it to why the car is so adversely affected on the stock set up. The aftermarket front adjusters have had varied degrees of satisfaction, the quality of the parts has let down for a lot of people. Get your car examined by a trained Honda technician to see if they can pick up any tell tale sign of accident damage. HPI checked are good is the accident was ever recorded if the last owner did this damage himself and not informed the insurance company then it out of the system.

    In an ideal world you need to get the front end checked over thoroughly before spending money if all the front end suspension critical parts are in good shape , it can be resolved by changing both dampers assembly. On Japanese car by changing the complete strut the camber will fall into place.
     
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  6. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    No the castor cannot be adjusted it can be checked but if you can get it checked it has to be within 3 ° 12 ′±45 ′ if not within the specification, check for bent or damaged suspension components.
     
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  7. goonerfromlag Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Thanks CJ, I'll get it looked at by a specialist, not convinced honda garages are that specialist. Can you recommend someone by any chance?
     
  8. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Tony at Wheels in Motion you won't find a better person in the South of England. He will be able to give you a crystal clear advise and will find the root cause.
     
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  9. goonerfromlag Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I've driven the car for two days since changing both front tyres and I'm happy to say this fixed the pulling to the left problem. I now have an intermittent movement of my steering wheel, would this be tram-lining? Thank you.
     
  10. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    what about the rear tyres where they in the front before ?, if they were then the wear in pattern will the same as the front. On what road surface are you experiencing tramliming?
     
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  11. goonerfromlag Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Moved the less worn front tyre to the rear, the second rear was put on just b4 I picked up the car. I'll be changing both in a fortnight. Tram-lining is random/intermittent, still haven't pinned down what causes it yet, thanks.
     
  12. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Are the tyres installed correctly and on the right side of car?
     
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  13. goonerfromlag Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Sorry for the late response, they are installed correctly as far as I can tell, I think I'll be taking it down to wim at some point. It doesn't feel like an upgrade in feel & handling compared to what my previously owned 6th Generation felt like. Thanks.
     
  14. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    you can run your hands on the tyre tread and see if the profile of the tyre has changed? If you are going to WIM they they will be able to check that for you .

    You haven't been roped into a remap have you?