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  • Today I'm going to be showing you how to do the front toe alignment on your car

  • so I've drawn out what the front toe alignment is

  • so your front wheels on your car

  • should be parallel to each other. These are the front wheels

  • and uh...

  • that means that they should have no toe or zero toe

  • what that means is that the distance

  • from the front of the wheels here

  • is the same distance

  • as the back of the front wheels here

  • so...um...

  • a good way to think about it is

  • using your own feet as a reference

  • so

  • your front wheels

  • should be

  • parallel to each other, kind of like my feet are

  • where the distance from the front of the wheels is the same as the back of the

  • wheels

  • that's the front

  • so this would be zero toe

  • or

  • or no toe

  • so when you have your front wheels and they are toe-in

  • kind of like this

  • um...

  • then you'll get excessive wear on the outside of your tires

  • so again looking at your feet as an example if you have toe in kind of like this

  • your front wheels

  • then the outside

  • of your tires will wear out faster than the rest of them

  • so this is toe in

  • and

  • thae same, and it's also true for the opposite

  • which is

  • toe out

  • where your

  • front wheels are kind of toed out

  • then the inside

  • of the tires wear out faster than the rest the tires

  • so toe out would kind of be like this a bit

  • and then again the

  • inside of your tires will wear out faster

  • then the rest of your tires

  • so what you want is

  • your tires to be parallel to each other

  • and again that's the distance between the front

  • and the rear of the tires is the same

  • and you'll have

  • zero toe

  • and your tires will wear out evenly across both tires

  • okay so these are some of the things you're going to be needing

  • you're going to be needing 2 tape measures of at least I think six feet or longer

  • this is a 10 feet and 16 feet so these are long enough

  • you're also going to be needing some wrenches

  • uh... another wrench here

  • and a straight edge this is basically an oversize ruler

  • uh... you can find these at any art store

  • and if you're eyes aren't so good you're going to be needing a magnifying

  • glass

  • alright so, very quickly

  • just to show you what we're going to be adjusting

  • this is called the ball joint on the car

  • it attaches to the wheel

  • with this ball joint here and this nut

  • and then

  • this is the whole section here and we're going to be loosening up this nut with

  • a wrench

  • and once this is loose we can take this part here with another wrench

  • and and

  • uh... there are threads inside, this threads into this piece here so by

  • turning this either in or out we can adjust this either in or out of this

  • piece here

  • and this will either expand this part here or contract it making the wheels

  • either

  • uh... this wheel either making it go this way or making it go this way simply

  • by turning this, so if we

  • if we turn this and we make it go into this piece like this, it's going to shorten

  • the distance here so it's gonna make this we'll go like this

  • so if we want to make the wheel go the other way

  • we're gonna have to make this

  • come out of this piece here by expanding it and it's going to turn the wheel this

  • way

  • so this is the piece we're going to be adjusting

  • so first things first, this is a toyota corolla by the way

  • and first you center your steering wheel so that it's at the center

  • next you go ahead and take a look at the wheels

  • it's very hard to see with a camera

  • but i can sort of see how

  • my front wheel aligns

  • with the back wheel

  • pretty evenly on

  • the driver's side of the car

  • and just eyeballing it

  • on the other side of the car

  • this is the passenger side

  • I can sort of see how

  • that wheel kind of tilts in

  • towards the inside of the car so it's a little bit toed-in

  • it doesn't quite lineup with the back wheel

  • I know it's very hard to see but i can kind of eyeball it from here

  • and i can see that the

  • front passenger wheel is kind of tilted in

  • whereas

  • the driver side wheel

  • is pretty even with the

  • back wheel so we'll be adjusting the passenger wheel

  • since we'll be adjusting the passenger wheel

  • we go ahead and we take our 2 tape measures and we uh...

  • take them out then we put them on

  • um... the

  • front

  • and behind the passenger wheel so that the other end sticks out at the other

  • side

  • so this is the driver side of the wheel and you can see the two ends of

  • the tape measures sticking out

  • and you want to take your straight edge

  • and you want to place it right above where the

  • rim ends on this side

  • so the further most part here over the rim

  • now you might not be able to touch the rim with it depending on how wide your

  • tires are but you want to place it right up against the tire, the sidewall of tire on

  • the top and on the bottom

  • so you just press it up against

  • the tire

  • just like so and what you want to do is you want to drag

  • the end of the tape measure into the car

  • so you wanna push

  • push it in

  • it's kind of hard

  • just by myself

  • but you push it in

  • and then that means

  • that this starts at zero the measurement is zero

  • okay so this measurement is now at zero

  • so next you do that to the back of the front wheel and again you drag this

  • into the inside of the wheel

  • I mean towards the inside of the car so now the straight edge is up against the tire

  • and the tape measure is now

  • zeroed in

  • on the back so now the tape measure is

  • is they're both at zero either here

  • and here they're both at zero

  • so I'm back on the passenger side of the car and you can see the 2 tape measures

  • on this side so this is an important part don't knock over the tape measures

  • with your foot otherwise you're going to have to start all over so be careful not to touch the tape

  • measures on this side anymore

  • all right so you take your straight edge and you place it up against the

  • sidewall of the tire again

  • on the furthermost part of the wheel

  • and you

  • take the bottom piece and you

  • get it as close to the tape measure as possible without moving it or knocking

  • it over

  • and here I can see that

  • that the measurement the first measurement

  • is sixty six

  • and about eleven sixteenths of an inch

  • so less than sixty seven inches

  • this is a good if your eyes

  • aren't so good it's a good time to use your magnifying glass

  • so less than sixty seven inches

  • next we take our straight edge

  • and we go to the back tape measure

  • we place the straight edge up against the wheel again

  • and we bring down our

  • straight edge over the

  • tape measure

  • and here we can see that

  • the measurement is actually bigger than sixty seven inches

  • so the distance between

  • the distance in the back is bigger than the distance in the front which means that

  • my wheel is most certainly um... toe in

  • so here you can see that it's about sixty seven inches and

  • 1 2 3

  • about six sixteenths

  • so what we have to do

  • is get this back wheel

  • because the distance in the back is greater

  • we want to

  • do this to the tire just slightly

  • so

  • that the distance between the front

  • and the back

  • the the the the measurement will be the same or very close to it

  • so this is where

  • we're going to adjust

  • so again

  • uh... this is the piece that we're going to be adjusting

  • so what we're going to do is we're going to loosen this nut here

  • and we're gonna make this piece here by turning it

  • we're gonna make it go into this piece because it has threads in it

  • so you screw it into this piece here

  • and what we want is for our tire to do

  • this slightly

  • to make the distance in the back of the tires less

  • so

  • we're gonna thread this into here now i can actually stick my arm into here so I

  • don't have to get underneath the car

  • but you might have to get underneath the car

  • or raise it up on jack stands to get to this piece right here

  • so, I'm gonna loosen this up and I'm gonna be turning this

  • okay so I loosened it up with my wrench

  • and now I just turn it

  • get it out of the way a little bit

  • so here I'm turning it I guess

  • from my point of view here

  • its clockwise

  • so just keep turning it a little bit

  • so if I'm turning this clockwise

  • in order for this part

  • to go into here

  • there's a car passing

  • so I'm gonna have to be turning this counterclockwise from my point of view

  • so

  • I'm gonna be turning it like this

  • so

  • counter-clockwise

  • so here I take my wrench in this case this is a 14 millimeter

  • and you go ahead and

  • there's a little

  • place right here where you can place your wrench so you can turn it so

  • you just

  • put your wrench in

  • like so and then you can start

  • turning it little by little and you can see how it

  • goes it's turning

  • with your wrench

  • txt

  • so just keep doing that and then little by little this piece is gonna screw into

  • this piece right here

  • so you just keep doing it

  • just in small increments

  • wow this is hard to do with one hand

  • alright so just keep screwing it in

  • then after you screw it in

  • so after you keep screwing it in you keep checking um...

  • your distances with your straight edge

  • um so you want to give it a couple of turns and then just keep checking it

  • I've already done it and

  • uh...

  • um you take it slowly little by little and then

  • I can already tell that this is like sixty seven and two sixteenths of

  • an inch

  • and then going to behind

  • i can tell that it's

  • about that it's exactly the same which is sixty-seven and

  • two sixteenths of an inch

  • so now i know that

  • both the front and

  • the tape measure give me the same reading which is sixty seven

  • and two sixteenths

  • and now i know that the

  • distance between

  • this and this is the same

  • on both wheels

  • so now my both wheels are are perfectly parallel to each other

  • and there is zero toe

  • so now all you have to do

  • is go back to your nut here

  • and tighten it all the way down with your wrench