Post edited 16:23 – April 18, 2012 by Bruno Henriques
Read my blog post about my trip to Drury Lane Services, one of the north west's most highly regarded specialists in the art of full and thorough wheel alignment/geometry and balancing:
Hi there, 1st post here, being short of an introduction, I've got a previlege 2.2dci (with 240k Km) and a new engine :)
I've spotted this, and would like to advice all vel satis forum members to correct your alignment values. Let me explain,
I've went to a local garage that uses the same equipment than yours, and they 1st spotted that they couldn't perform the rear alignment up to the values specified… now renault (from which I bought the vel) replaced engine block, shocks, brakes, tires and lots of bits before I bought it, so it seemed strange that some suspension parts were so wrong that the technician couldn't get to the values!
and so I begin searching, and found the workshop (renault) manual for our car (although in Spanish), got the correct alignment values and went to renault, just to confirm them. What we found, all angle values are correct on the database, but the signals (+-) were wrong for total toe alignment both at front and rear of the car.
I'll leave here 4 images showing my first and second alignment and renault papers showing the correct values (I've translated some of it, as it is in Spanish).
I also made the shop communicate with the database providers so an update will be issued soon to all shops using it.
As for now you could print these sheets and go to your local shop to confirm them and hopefully align your beloved vel correctly!
You will see that in my second alignment, the rear left wheel is still not good, but I've spotted a problem with one of the rubbers (that once replaced will hopefully sort it out)…
(notice the positive values on both TOE angles)
check your own prints for toe angles (notice how they are positive?) they should read:
-0º20' to 0º0'
-0º30' to -0º10'
As far as I recall, there are no positive values (on toe that is) in any of renault cars…