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Question on '85 300D Alignment

Greetings. I have an '85 300D with 149k miles. I am experiencing excessive tire wear on the outside of the left front tire. Assuming that I need an alignment. There seems to be a mixed bag of "yes, no, maybe" from independent shops on whether they can do an alignment on this vehicle. The dealership indicates they can do a 4-wheel alignment on this vehicle. I am wondering if a)can 4-wheels be aligned and b)has anyone had any success with independent shops doing this work?

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In my experience the dealer isn't much more expensive, if any, than other indie shops for aligning these cars. My c230 had a 4-wheel alignment done for $125 at the dealer and it would have been $100 at an indie. The dealer will also have the proper specs, which an indie should also but you never know, and finally you want to be sure that whoever does the work uses a spreader bar to simulate the weight of the vehicle in order to gain the proper adjustment.


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Have the dealer do it, the first step is to center the wheel, and then the spreader bar. Many shops attach their equipment and adjust only one tie rod.
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Have the dealer do it because you probably have broken/bent/worn suspension parts and the independents won't have them. Cars don't "go out of alignment" unless something like that has occurred.

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