Pulling left after new alignment

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    Erickk120 Full Access Member

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    Just curious if anybody has any experience with alignment specs/settings. I had my truck realigned because I noticed the right tire was getting an outer rub like contact. Got it there got it done, afterwards i started noticing that when i drive on the left most lane, with a crown bias on the right, the truck slowly starts turning left, after a few secs the steering just banks 45 degrees to the left and it pulls harder. If in the opposite side the truck pulls barely right after a bit, but the steering wheel doesnt get a mind of its own. On paper the alignment appears alright but I'm a bit clueless when it comes to proper alignment settings and suspension angles. Here is the print out. Thanks for reading!

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    Looks like a GMT800, what year and tires and wheel are on it? GM has specs for each body style and for each particular OE tire. We have a few here well versed in wheel alignments, I'm not one of them.
     
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    04 tahoe z71 "17 inch OEM, previous alignment was pretty spot on, wish I had kept that sheet to compare,
    Running michelin defenders about 10k miles on them.
     
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    You could try rotating the front tires side to side to see if the pull follows. Also make sure your tires are inflated equally left and right.

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    the ifs does do a number on the front tires. with 10k on em id put the fronts on the back, backs on the front. just jack up one side and swap em. then do the other. i dont like the x pattern rotation. i like to keep them spinning the same direction their whole life once mounted. back tires should be worn dead flat across the tire, much more so then the fronts.
     
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    Fucking toe and go hacks. Didn't touch camber or caster. Bring it back and tell them to do it right. Looks like the alignment tech got lazy. It's right on the edge of spec - hit a grain of sand too fast and it'll be out

    Camber with both sides to the left would cause a pullaas you're describing

    For a check: rotate tires. Swap left and right sides. Even if they're directional, it'll work for this quick check. Does it still pull to the left? Or no?

    Don't forget to check tire pressure if you've not done so. And while you have the car in the air, give everything a spin and make sure nothings binding.

    Your tires are all the same size right?
     
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    Took it back today, Chris you were spot on, My right tie rod was already way off from hitting manholes, nothing crazy deep or bad shape just deep enough to feel them, and enough to throw it out of alignment, Right toe was already at .19* from the last .05. Sadly my one year expired, so next time I will have to pay again, I would honestly rather pay per alignment and get a proper alignment with everything spot on, than to keep losing time and going back to them for a yearly fixed amount. I'm pretty much fed with Tire plus, the only good one is about 50 miles from me and its busy all the time, so any specific place you guys use when it comes to alignments?
     
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    I have a lifetime plan through Firestone. Your pay / plan doesn't affect the work done. At least it shouldn't. If it does, I'd be quite weary of that company.

    I get mine checked and adjusted if needed twice a year. Once going into winter, and again coming out. Keeps the car driving nice and gives me some footing if something should happen to my tires and need to access warranty. Little fine print bit but most places around here will tell you to pound sand if you don't have any paperwork showing your alignment is good.
     

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