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1997 Mercury Mountaineer with an alignment problem.

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by lynn48, July 7, 2010.

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      1997 Mercury Mountaineer 5.0 V8 90,000 miles - I had new upper and lower ball joints replaced because I noticed the rubber boots around them had cracked. The upper control arms were also replaced as required by Ford. It was done by local Ford House. They had latest frontend alignment equipment. The tech had trouble aligning frontend within spec. He had to adjust torsion bars on both sides to finally get alignment barely in spec. Adjustment of torsion bars raised frontend of vehicle about 2 inches. The vehicle has never been in a wreck or driven off road. I questioned the tech on the alignment problems with no acceptable conclusion. He can lower frontend back down, but it will be out of alignment. No warm fuzzy about vehicle sitting up in front. What do you think? Thank you.
       
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      It probably is sitting correct in the front now, and sagging in the rear. These trucks have a tendency to wear out the rear springs. I threw a set of lifting shackles on the rear at around 110,000 miles to level the truck out. Sits night and level now.
       
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      Do you have the camber and caster specs before and after?
       
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      my opinion?
      have them check ride-height. If ride-height is out of spec, it will cause alignment issues without camber adjuster bolts for the upper control arms.

      although they should have done this before and/or after adjusting the torsion bar bolts.
       
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      Like has been stated, if the front was sagging to begin with, this may be normal... but it makes me wonder if the tech doing the job knew how to adjust camber and caster properly... or if the arms weren't installed correctly. Sometiems people take the easy way out when installing the eccentric adjusters which leads to almost no adjustability for caster / camber.
       
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      I can't find anywhere on the web what the ride-height of this 97 Mountaineer should be. Is the measurement from floor to bottom of finder well over tire on all four corners or from floor to bottom of spring shackles as in clearance? I know he raised the front of the SUV by 2 inches using torsion bar adjustments and did not raise the back at all. He said this brougnt it barely in spec. When I took it in for ball joint replacement, I had no problems. No signs of abnormal tire wear and tires have 15K miles on them. Frontend is higher than back.
       
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      I've posted this a few times...

       
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      Thanks Gavin, I'll check it out.
       

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