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Question about front end alignment on a 2000 323. Could a local mechanic do this for me or is it of necessity an issue for a dealer? Gene

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This is a very simple procedure, any good tyre dealer can do this for you.

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The independant shop is correct, as well as the dealer. There are aftermarket parts available (and required, in my opinion) that allow for adjustment. Do that and be happy.

The dealer has only FORD stuff and they are clueless about this issue. They think replace parts and everything is okay and it is NOT.

Get the aftermarket parts, which have adjustable, ecentric attributes that allow for adjustment.

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Not only that, but the lower control arms have bushings in them that wear out with time/miles. When they wear out your alignment also goes out of whack and you'll eat tires up.
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Your crunching noise could be compounded by all these things, and none of them are really crazy expensive or a big problem.

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