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Alignment after shocks

Post by woodycaldercloggs » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:43 am

I have a 1998 volvo V70.
If I change the Front Shocks ONLY - can anyone tell me if you definitely need an alignment.
I have heard conflicting stories on this.
The alignment center would probably say yes - but can you'd expect them to say that :? :? .



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Re: Alignment after shocks

Post by oragex » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:17 am

You should not need it, unless the shocks will change the ride height or if the control arms are worn.

You may want to look to the spring seats as well (go only with Sachs)
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Re: Alignment after shocks

Post by Rattnalle » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:27 am

It's not so much the new shocks as the fact that you're taking everything apart. There are several places with some possibility of adjustment that you'd need to be very sure they're back in the same place. Both at the top of the strut and the bottom.

An alignment is cheaper than new tyres. At least if you run good tyres ;-)
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Re: Alignment after shocks

Post by misha » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:33 am

No allignment is needed unless you disturb tie rods.
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Re: Alignment after shocks

Post by ecbsykes » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:56 am

I would. Strut only shouldn't mess with the toe in/out, but it will likely mess with the camber when you reattach the hub/brake assembly. Not as big of a deal as the toe, so you can maybe get away with not doing it.
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Re: Alignment after shocks

Post by misha » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:01 am

These cars have fixed camber and it's not adjustable.
On some cars it's adjustable,but on these cars it's not.
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Re: Alignment after shocks

Post by abscate » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:31 am

Simply put the new shocks on, then monitor your tire wear. Make sure you report back when you see it is normal without alignment


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Re: Alignment after shocks

Post by erikv11 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:00 am

Shouldn't need it. You can usually get it checked for free, though to be fair I never do that ...
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Re: Alignment after shocks

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:22 am

misha wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:01 am
These cars have fixed camber and it's not adjustable.
On some cars it's adjustable,but on these cars it's not.
Really? Because every alignment shop I've been to says they adjusted the camber. They also say the rear-end alignment is non-adjustable.


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Re: Alignment after shocks

Post by misha » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:32 am

Yes really...change the allignment shop.
I wouldn't go back to them again.
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