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Re: 2000 Mercury Villager ront end alignment
It i front wheel drive so you do not need 4 wheel alignment. There is no adjustment for the rear wheels. It should cost $50 to $60. Call a dealer, call a local shop, call Sears. Go to the best deal. Good luck.
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If you cant move the wheel by hand more than likely the brakes are binding or the hub is binding. if the car is jacked up nuning in gear most times only one wheel will turn . if the other wheel can be turned by hand it is ok.
Most FWD vehicles can have a four wheel alignment performed. A 2 wheel alignment is mainly for vehicles that are rear wheel drive. There are exceptions but the 2000 Mercury Cougar is a 4 wheel alignment.
You need to take your van in for a front end alignment and the problem will appear right away,may just need adjustment but also it may need work.Have the repairs made because it sounds like your van is unsafe to drive in it's present condition.
You should go to a front-end alignment place and have them check the Balljoints and tierod ends. Some of the front wheel drive cars have Upper strut bearings and Constant Velocity joints.
When you hear the creaking sounds it means the parts are rusty and rubbing together. They are considered "Lubed for Life" and if they are dry and rusty their life is gone.
These parts hold the 2 front wheels together so they both turn with the wheel. The Balljoints hold the weight of the car and are the framework for the wheels.
Poor alignment caused by worn parts will destroy tires early. It is not something to ignore but it is possible only 1 part is bad out of many. It is customary to align the wheels after front end work. Some front wheel drive cars need periodic alignment on the back wheels too. So you can believe this if a shop suggests it.
That movement is called TORQUE STEER. One front wheel pulls harder than the other under acceleration, and as you say, its only noticeable at the first moment. A renewed front end shouldnt have that problem. maybe some steering or arm ball joints are loose, worn out (not replaced) or simply out of alignment. I advise that you take it for a new front end alignment, the technician will tell you about any part out of spec that will impair the alignment.
You need to bring the vehicle to a tire alignment center, usually any tire shop in your area. The vehicle needs to be placed on an alignment rack that will adjust your vehicles suspension to bring the wheels into alignment.