ALIGNMENT AND REAR END.
1996 Ford F-150 • 172,300 miles
Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me if this F150 is out of alignment. The Camber is -0.7 degrees on both sides and toe is -0.24 on both sides. This was about February so it might be a little worse by now. Is it time for an alignment? Also, the Rear Differential gear oil has never been changed out and the truck has 172400 miles on it. Should the gear oil be changed out as well?
July 6, 2012.
July 6, 2012.
Is the toe reading in inches or degrees? Either way, it's toed out meaning the tires are steering away from the center of the truck and skidding sideways as they go down the road. You'll feel the feather-edging on the inside of both front tires. Rear-wheel-drive vehicles almost always call for a little total toe-in. The road forces tug the tires backward a little and they end up perfectly parallel.
Forgot about your differential. The fluid gets replaced when you have to replace a leaking axle seal, typically during a rear brake job, but other than that there is generally no need to do anything unless you suspect water got in through the vent from driving through deep water, or if you suspect it got overheated from trying to get unstuck from snow or mud. Believe me, you do not want to smell gear lube that has been overheated. You'd rather sleep with a skunk than smell that stuff!
I GENERALLY "OVER" MAINTAIN MY VEHICLES
I DON'T HAVE THE SPECS FOR YOUR ALIGNMENT (WHAT WAS SAID WHEN YOU OBTAINED THE NUMBERS YOU HAVE?)
I USUALLY GET MY RIGS ALIGNED ONCE EVERY 2 YEARS...NEED IT OR NOT
THE ONLY THINGS THAT MIGHT MAKE IT SOONER IS,
IF I NOTICE UNUSUAL TIRE WEAR (WHICH I NEVER SEE!)
---IF THE WHEELS GET REALLY SLAMMED AGAINST SOMETHING
----IF I REPLACE WORN STEERING COMPONENTS
AS FAR AS THE DIFF FLUID CHANGE---WITHOUT ABLE TO LOOK IN YOUR MANUAL----I'D SAY YOU ARE WAY OVER DUE, PROBABLY MULTIPLE TIMES
I DO NOT RECOMMEND "S.UCKING" IT OUT THE FILL HOLE (THIS DOES NOT PROPERLY CLEAN OUT THE CRAP) IF THE FACTORY MANUAL SUGGESTS REMOVING THE COVER TO DRAIN AND INSPECT IT.......YEP, I'M RIGHT THERE WITH 'EM
IN THE FRONT END OF THE MANUAL IS "SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE"---I'D TAKE A HIGHLIGHTER AND GO TO TOWN, THEN CATCH IT ALL UP!
I DO ALL OF MY OWN MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS ON MY DAILY DRIVER JEEPS....SHORT OF ALIGNMENTS
THAT'S THE WAY I MAKE MINE LAST FOREVER!
Jul 6, 2012.
Jul 6, 2012.
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