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Front end alignment: When is "close enough", enough?

hello, I replaced one front strut on my '87 Ciera because it was leaking oil and rattling.
When I was removing it, I diligently lightly scratched aligment marks on the bolt head of the eccentric washer, the washer itself, and the part of the strut next to the washer. I installed the eccentric washer into the new strut and tried to line up all the alignment marks, but DUH, I couldn't since the matching marks was on the old strut which was sitting in the trash pile.
I remembered where the scratch marks were pointing (in the 2 o'clock position), so that is where I adjusted the eccentric washer to.
I drove it and the car doesn't pull and feels fine.

Do you think I got the alignment so close that it wont wear out the tires any? I'd rather not bother to go to the alignment shop.

Thanks.

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unfortunatly no.. caster and camber are likely out. but a road test would only pull if the toe was out. because if caster and camber are pulled equally, you would never tell, as the caster corrects the camber imbalance....

easy enough to check/ change yourself. caster/camber gauges are only about $40
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Ok Thanks. So do you think I can make the adjustments using one of those gauges?
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the 1 gauge checks both angles.. your toe is still ok, as it was untouched...
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an easy way to check toe is get a string or tape measure and have the same distance on the front and the back of the tires. Measure across edge or center (which ever is easiest to reach/duplicate readings) of tire to the same spot on the other tire.
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You you really want to align the car. build a "box" out of string. measure top to bottom for camber and left to right for toe. Just remember when adjusting alignment caster, camber, then toe or you will through the other out of spec.

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