Your comment was, "They said it was my 02 sensor." You need different "theys". That was like humor. You need different people giving you advice.
All you need to ask for is a "front-end inspection". Or just tell them the list of symptoms and observations and they will take it from there. I was the suspension and alignment specialist at a very nice family-owned Chrysler dealership throughout the 1990's, but I worked for a mass merchandiser for seven years before that. Every week at that store we got in our weekly shipment of brake, exhaust, and front-end parts. Specifically, during the 1980's, in any week we would sell perhaps a dozen front-end parts for all the GM vehicles that came in, about a half dozen parts for Chrysler products, and maybe two or three parts for all of the import cars. We also got in forty four tie rod ends for Ford Escort and Tempo "killer cars", and a couple of dozen parts for all the other Ford models. By mid week we were sold out of the Ford parts and had to order more from the local auto parts stores.
To add to the insult, there are three main alignment angles that must be set very precisely to control pulling to one side, tire wear, and centered steering wheel. One of those angles has extremely little effect on front-wheel-drive cars so it is not adjustable. Another one of those angles is critical that it be set perfectly for good tire wear and to prevent a pull, but the engineers at Ford preferred to leave it non-adjustable to save a few dollars. If you get stuck with the tire wear and pulling, there is no fix for that. No other manufacturer in the world ever did that to their customers.
To be fair, only two things will cause "camber" to change on a Ford front-wheel-drive car. One is worn parts and the other is the result of sagged ride height. You have worn parts as evidenced by the symptoms you described. Sagged ride height changes the geometry of the suspension system, and that is due to weak coil springs. That is an issue with age, not mileage, and your car is not old enough for this to be a concern yet. Your specialist will measure front and rear ride height and tell you if new springs are needed.
One of the reasons we need to adjust camber is to reset it to specs after it has changed due to mildly-sagged springs. That's one reason an alignment is needed periodically. Your car still uses Ford's strut design from the '80s that doesn't allow for adjustment. If camber is reasonably close to specs after any worn parts are replaced, your mechanic is still going to align your car. In a few years when camber is too far off to provide good tire wear, he will not take your money for an alignment unless he is allowed to do the job right, which means replacing the springs. The good news is that will be about the time any car needs new struts, and the major aftermarket parts manufacturers now all offer new struts with the new springs and other new parts already assembled and ready to install. You'll pay only slightly more for the parts, but the job will take much less time, which translates into dollars for you. Working with compressed coil springs, (remember, those springs are strong enough to hold up 2,000 pounds of car), is dangerous too, and that is factored into the cost of the job when we replace just the springs.
I should mention too that just like with doctors, carpenters, and chefs, mechanics speak their own language and typically have very poor communication skills when speaking with car owners. That is one big reason for miscommunication and perceived but undeserved mistrust. Most shops don't allow customers to enter the work area because of all the hazardous conditions, but if you're lucky, your mechanic will be allowed to take you under your car and show you which parts are worn and how they are allowing the wheel to not stay solidly in alignment. At the very least, you generally have the right to have your old parts returned to you. Most mechanics will not put them in your car if they're dirty or greasy, but they will keep them handy for you to look at later.
Sunday, October 16th, 2016 AT 8:49 PM