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Spooky handling on rain grooves with new tires

Bought new tires and alignment. Suddenly car tracks grooves, acts like toed out. My tape says tires are dead straight ahead. What is alignment spec for toe in on 1997 Nissan Pickup?  Thanks, PT

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If you paid for an aligment just ask the facility if there was any problem with the specs; your tape is not enough. Since the problem started with the new tires you have to look at them first; especially if they have a real aggressive tread design

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