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Unread 11-09-2009, 08:13 PM   #1
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Can an alignment affect how your car accelerate?

I am sick, and recently, I feel I need to push down more to get my car going. I think due to my illness, I am just assuming I need more power.

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Unread 11-09-2009, 08:22 PM   #2
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Can an alignment affect how your car accelerate?

I am sick, and recently, I feel I need to push down more to get my car going. I think due to my illness, I am just assuming I need more power.

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When you let go of the wheel does the car drift from to one side?
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Unread 11-09-2009, 08:32 PM   #3
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not enough to really notice it would have to be extremly bad. Like a friend of my built a 240 for drifting from frame up all custom everything the alignment was so bad when we towed it in the shop you could barely push the car coming out it free rolled. Usually it would just slightly hurt gas mileage.
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Yeah it would have to have some REALLY bad alignment to do that...are your brakes dragging?
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My brakes are not dragging and my car does not lean to one side, because the alignment fixed that.

I'm just paranoid about it. I was watching the mechanic Tightening and loosing a rod that is connected to my wheel with two wrenches, and then looking at the senor machine to even it to 0. I'm wondering, did he tighten anything that would effect my acceleration?

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No, I think its just you being sick,.
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Really?

Thanks.

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The most likely thing that would make it hard to roll would be low tire pressure, then dragging brakes, and last, very excessive toe in/out.
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What is a toe in/out?

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What is a toe in/out?
This one of the measurements/adjustments done during an alignment.

Your front wheels should be nearly parralel, so that they both roll in the same direction.

Toe in is when they point in in front, like pigeon toed.

Toe out is when they point out in font, like duck footed.

All cars have a slight bit of toe in to compensate for steering linkage looseness while the car is rolling forward.

If the front tires don't roll in the same direction they will "fight" each other and the car must scrub off the tires to roll, very hard on tires!
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