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How can I adjust the rear wheel alignment on my 2003 ford taurus?

The car was wrecked and I just need it to be temporarily fixed until I get a different car

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Your adjustment bolts (ref: Fig.6)

1) Mark position of adjustment bolts with white marker, paint or whiteout.

2) Using a piece of string, stretch it between the rear wheels at the back of the wheels, and then again at the front of the wheels. You are trying to ascertain if the wheels are parallel or not.

3) If the wheels are not perfectly parallel, then turn the No.6 adjustment bolts clockwise or anti clockwise, evenly on each side, until the rear wheels are parallel with each other. Then retighten locking nuts on No.6 adjustment bolts.

By the way, this method will only allow you to align the rear wheels up to each other. To align the wheels with the vehicle's body you will require a laser alignment kit, which can only generally be found at a tyre centre or service-repair centre.

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SOURCE: wheel alignment

you might have bent the rim.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

SOURCE: I have a Ford Taurus 2003 SES that needs new front and rear strut

you will need sockets and a socket wrench, a screwdriver, jacks and jack stands, and a set of combination wrenches.

also this site should help, it's a very thorough step by step on strut removal

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SOURCE: front wheel alignment

thanks for your reply/update the reason for front tyres wearing as you describe would suggest the steering tracking is wrong and for some reason ?the tyre wear on inner isindication the track is toeing out too much ? this fault could be ? simple adjustment req'd however dependand on make of tyres has to be considered when tracking as to whether they toe in or out or straight ahead ? also front wheel drive ? there could be other factors b4 tracking is adjusted such as steering joints wear ? or damage ? also suspension ? as i mentioned best to visit a good tyre depot and let them investigate while you wait and give you a reportas to fault normally free in uk if it is simply tracking req's re adjust then they can do it and charge for the adjusting not expensive and they may also recommend switching wheels from rear to front providing tread are good ? hope this helps best wishes

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SOURCE: Steering wheel vibration and whine noise from rear of car

Yes, and it probably is your wheel bearing. Hearing a sound like a chain dragging is classic. You may also hear a clicking noise or chain dragging noise when turning to the left or right.

Look under the car and see if the rubber boots that surround the axle near the tires are cracked and leaking grease. If so, it is almost a certainty that the bearings are bad as you have lost grease and thus lubrication to the bearings.

Good luck,

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