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crankbait09 06-24-2012 08:13 PM

why is my front left wheel slanting inwards?
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I have a 97 Jetta, GLS, 5 speed, 2.0

I recently finished installing ball joints, outer tie rods, wheel bearings, and wheel hub assemblies to both the right and left front wheels.

Upon putting everything back together, the right side of the car looks, and sounds fine when driving. As for the left side (drivers side) that's a different story. I was backing out of the drive way and the wheel started squealing really loud. (Same sound as the brake sensor grinding on the rotor). Then when I got out to look to see what that squaling was, I noticed the drivers side wheel was slanted inwards really bad. (top of the wheel is slanted in wards, really bad). I checked the lug nuts as well as all connections, and everything is tight and snug.

I am going to remove the brake caliper and check to see what I can see there but why did the wheel slant in??????? what can cause it?

I was just going to take it out for a test drive to make sure I felt nothign funny. The alignment will need done. The car won't be driven until the alignment is fixed. Not sure if the alignment will change things. But I still have to get it to the shop to do.

renoit 06-24-2012 10:16 PM

Alignment will fix everything. Your camber sounds like it is way out of all went out of align when took apart your steering knuckles from the struts.

ratherbefishin' 06-24-2012 11:07 PM

Is the ball joint installed correctly to the control arm?

Spindle nut torqued properly?

Doc Holliday 06-25-2012 07:52 AM

I had to have a different camber "kit" (nut) installed on my F250 to prevent the bottom of the wheel slanting inwards, top was bowed out. Had to have it done at the same time I had outter tie rod ends installed an an alignemnt.

crankbait09 06-25-2012 11:54 AM

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I know I need the alignment but I am hearing that I SHOULD NOT drive this car till the alignment is completed. I don't wanna pay close to $100 for a tow to go 5 miles up the road.

How can I get this as close as good, just so I can make it to the shop? What could get ruined if I drove it the way it is?

Doc Holliday 06-25-2012 12:31 PM

I'd turn the hazard lights on and go no more than 20-25 mph max and drive it there. You said it only made a noise while in reverse, so drive it forward to the shop. :)

crankbait09 06-25-2012 12:45 PM

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I have to try the forward thing. I was backing it out of the driveway when I heard the squealing. I pulled it back in and it was quiet.

Not sure what would happen though if I picked up speed

Doc Holliday 06-25-2012 01:42 PM

I think that as long as you take it very slow and drive very cautiously you will be alright.

Mort 06-25-2012 06:12 PM

Yeah, if everything is tight, you should be fine to drive it 5 miles. Like Doc said, though, take it slow.

crankbait09 07-03-2012 01:38 PM

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I loosened the strut mounting bolts and moved the wheel so that it was as close to vertical that I could get it to. That definitely did the trick. I will be taking it in for alignment this weekend. Hopefully everything checks out fine :)

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