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Old 02-03-2007, 10:31 AM   #1
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Alignment - Axles

Has anyone ever had an alignment done on their axles. If so were you able to get a non Airstream dealer to do this. I've emailed my local dealer and left a phone message also (they have only been an A/S dealer for 3 or 4 years) and received no reply.

We plan to have new tires and shocks installed - balance as recommended on the forum - wanted to get the alignment done at the same time.

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Old 02-03-2007, 11:02 AM   #2
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Good morning Gary-

This is a great question to post. While thraveling last fall I noticed one of our AS tires wearing differently than the others. Fortunatly, we were scheduled for a stop at JC. Sure enough, the axels were out. They charged us $220 for the alignment which I thought was fair. I would imagine that very few dealers can do the alignment since it looks like you need the right equipment for it. I was watching as they did ours and it looks like you really need to know what you are doing. I too look forward to what other AS owners have to say about having it done locally!
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Old 02-03-2007, 11:05 AM   #3
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I took my 67 to an axel shop and they said no-one could align the dura -torque axel. I took it to Can-Am here in London Ontario and they have the equipment to align it. There was a definite difference in the tire wear, for the good after the alignment.
In Ohio, I would take it to the factory to see what they say.
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you can measure from the end of the axle spindle to the center of the coupler ball socket. The two sides should be within 1/8". If more than one axle, they should be parallel. These are the only two measurements you can fix if they are incorrect.

The toe-in, caster and camber adjustments cannot be changed in the field. It requires major hydraulic effort to rebend an axle. If the toe, caster or camber are out of spec, it likely means the axle has been damaged and should be replaced rather than repaired.
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you can measure from the end of the axle spindle to the center of the coupler ball socket. The two sides should be within 1/8". If more than one axle, they should be parallel. These are the only two measurements you can fix if they are incorrect.

The toe-in, caster and camber adjustments cannot be changed in the field. It requires major hydraulic effort to rebend an axle. If the toe, caster or camber are out of spec, it likely means the axle has been damaged and should be replaced rather than repaired.
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You are 100% correct!

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Old 02-03-2007, 11:22 AM   #6
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I believe that there are other places which can adjust the axles. A friend of mine had the "Dreaded Caravel Spindle Snap" occur on the trip home from the 2002 Santa Maria VAC rally. The axle was replaced and on their summer trip, they noticed that the tires were not wearing correctly. He took the trailer to a shop in Northern California which had the press to propertly bend the axle. It can be done at other than an Airstream shop, but you will have to look hard.

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