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Unread 05-17-2015, 06:58 AM   #1
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New JGC? Check the alignment.

We bought a new JGC (18 miles on the odometer) last week in Denver and drove it back to Texas. We both noticed the steering required constant corrections to keep it going straight down the road. Our Texas dealer did an alignment and found 6 out of ten adjustments in the unacceptable range (see below.) The dealer also said there was a year warranty on the car for alignment issues. Even if you're not noticing issues, you might want to get the alignment checked.

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Unread 05-17-2015, 09:12 AM   #2
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Doesn't surprise me at all, new vehicle takes a little while for all the bushings and joints to settle in, then they get chained down during transport which can put uneven stress on the suspension. Both of my last two new vehicles needed an alignment in the first 500 to 1000 miles, in general its not a bad idea because a bad alignment will chew through tires more quickly also.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 10:46 AM   #3
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My question is a what height setting should the alignment be set.
I notice on my 2015 QL that when it is parked that there appears to be a slight negative camber on the fronts.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 11:01 AM   #4
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My question is a what height setting should the alignment be set.
I notice on my 2015 QL that when it is parked that there appears to be a slight negative camber on the fronts.
Whichever setting it gets driven in the most. I'm guessing you don't drive it in the park setting.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 11:37 AM   #5
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Whichever setting it gets driven in the most. I'm guessing you don't drive it in the park setting.
Aero mode most of the time but I don't know how the technician would get it in Aero mode while in P.
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Unread 05-21-2015, 08:03 AM   #6
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you have a star case or reference for this 1 year alignment warranty? I think mines a little off but I've driven it for about 11500 km and not really sure if its been there since day one (it might have been?)
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My question is a what height setting should the alignment be set.
I notice on my 2015 QL that when it is parked that there appears to be a slight negative camber on the fronts.
Some folks seem to be guessing. FSM says:

"When checking or performing an alignment, vehicles equipped with Air Suspension (SER) must be in the manually selected "Sport" position of the terrain select switch, or the Aero mode if using a scan tool."

It goes on to provide instructions for setting the mode.

The specified alignment specs are relative to the sport mode.
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Unread 05-21-2015, 08:21 AM   #8
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So I guess the local Firestone/Goodyear can't do alignments on QL vehicles
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Unread 05-21-2015, 08:30 AM   #9
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The Firestone dealer should have instructions from his alignment machine vendor. When he looks up the specs there should be a note to turn the terrain knob to sport mode (while the engine is running) before driving the vehicle onto the alignment machine (and turn off easy entry/exit). No special equipment needed.
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There is a mode under settings for use when aligning...
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There is a mode under settings for use when aligning...
Good point, for 2014 and newer model years.
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Unread 05-21-2015, 11:15 AM   #13
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My 2014 must have some serious negative camber issues as the inside tire tread is gone after only 20k miles. I plan to take it to the dealer at 25k for service and will have them take a look at the alignment settings. Don't know why camber would be set to anything other than zero.
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Unread 05-21-2015, 11:41 AM   #14
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Zero camber is fine for driving in a straight line but a little negative (0-.5 degrees) will help cornering.
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Unread 05-21-2015, 08:45 PM   #15
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You are going to drive 5,000 more miles knowing that you have an alignment issue and improper tire wear. Are the tires too far gone?

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