4th July 2002, 11:06 PM
My left front tyre is wearing on the outside edge. I had it aligned a while back but it seems even worse now.
Used to have a Volvo 240 (boring...) and it did the same thing.
The guy at the tire place said it's a Swedish thing...happens all the time.
Is it because it's Right Hand Drive?
Does the same thing happen on LHD USA Saabs?
Anyone know how to fix it?
5th July 2002, 12:10 AM
I would say that it is caused by poor alignment. It's quite common and I have had the same problem.
The left-hand wheel takes quite a bit of effort to get right (there isn't much room) and most alignment shops won't bother. I think its the camber/caster that's the hard bit, but don't quote me on that.
Most shops will set the basics and that's it. To put the shims in requires a bit too much hard work (perhaps even two people working on it at once).
I suggest that you phone a Saab dealer or indie and ask them for a recommendation; otherwise it's hit and miss, and most often miss.
I hope this helps
5th July 2002, 08:30 AM
yeah, sounds about right jo...
last year i fitted trent saab lowering springs and konis myself. trent strongly recommended i had the geometry re-set, not by any old place, but by a dealer.
so i went to one in london. it took them the best part of two days - reshimming on the the right is easy, you just reach into the engine bay and do. it's the left that's the problem - the alternator has to come off and even then there is v limited space for getting spanners on. a bolt sheared when they tried, and they had to replace this.
the dealer ended up doing a brilliant job but it cost me six hundred quid!!! - far more than i paid for the springs and shockers
with hindsight of course i should have got trent to fit & align for me - but then they're in nottingham and i'm in london...
8th July 2002, 11:31 AM
Yeah I have the Same problem in the us......I had to put on two new tires this weekend
8th July 2002, 05:51 PM
I'm sorry, 600 quid for a wheel alignment?! You mean 60 quid....
8th July 2002, 06:19 PM
Jo - i do mean £600 - that's a day and a half's work at a London Saab main dealer (CitySaab for those interested...) Learnt my lesson. never again mate! me and my brilliant mobile independent mechanic (Chris McGuiness)from now on...
15th July 2002, 03:27 AM
Thats the same cost as ten Goodyear Eagle F1 in Sydney!