2008 Vibe rear wheel alignment?

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vibolista
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2008 Vibe rear wheel alignment?

Postby vibolista » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:06 am

Got a new set of snow tires for the Vibe (on dedicated set of wheels) ... and had an alignment done just to make sure everything was still good. Specs were close to OK, so the shop tweaked the alignment a bit, but the drivers side rear could not be brought to spec.

So now the question is... what can I do to have that fixed. No accidents, no big pothole hits, no rust issues yet. Drives about as good as it did when new, although that rear tire will eventually begin to scrub out some as time goes on.

What type of shop would be able to repair this kind of problem best?
'08 Manual, Sun&Sound, 17" Borbet Type CA wheels, 225/50 Summer Tires... 16" OE steel, 215/55 Snow Tires

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Re: 2008 Vibe rear wheel alignment?

Postby ehoff121 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:55 am

Unfortunately, this is a common problem with Toyotas- the bolts become frozen and the alignment shop isn't able to free it and/or is afraid of tearing the rubber bushing it goes through.

If the bolt is in bad shape (they use brine on those roads up in Maine, which is rough on the underside of a vehicle), your local mechanic could cut off the bolt and replace it, along with the bushing. You might want to source the parts yourself from a Toyota dealer.
2005 Pontiac Vibe AWD - Platinum

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Re: 2008 Vibe rear wheel alignment?

Postby jolt » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:29 pm

What type of shop would be able to repair this kind of problem best?


To locate a shop in your area, I would find a body shop that does frame straightening and has a frame rack. Talk to them about where they take their repaired cars to get an alignment done at.

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Re: 2008 Vibe rear wheel alignment?

Postby vibolista » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:51 pm

Thanks for the suggestions, ehoff121 and jolt. Will chase this down this week.
'08 Manual, Sun&Sound, 17" Borbet Type CA wheels, 225/50 Summer Tires... 16" OE steel, 215/55 Snow Tires


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