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Hello Sportsfans!
I've got this '71 Mustang that keeps trying to run me off the right side of the road. I really don't have the deneros or the time for my car to sit in a garage while waiting for a professional to take a guess on a car that's probably too old to be covered in any of their spec sheets.
Here's what I know:
My car pulls to the right.
My drivers side tire is almost shredded on the outer tread (about 2 inches).
I measured the distance from the center of the rear tire to the center of the front tire on both sides of the car, and the driver side is one half of an inch shorter than the passenger side.
Uneven lanes hate me.
Theres more threads showing on the passenger side strut than the drivers side strut (showing greater distance between the right wheel and the strut adjustment nut than the drivers side).
I feel that I could easily lose control if I were to let go of the wheel for a second or two while driving at highway speed.
I'm about to throw on a couple tires that have decent tread, but I really need to correct this before buying new tires. Or more importantly, running someone off the road.

Any tips on what to do and where to start would be greatly appreciated.
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Find a good wheel alignment shop.
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Find a good wheel alignment shop.
THIS! i would think in the greater DFW area there should be plenty of good shops....
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Hello. I know of a good allignment shop here in Houston if you can get the car down here.
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Yeah. I wish I could take it in. But I'm gonna have to do this myself. I'm sure this is something I can do if I just knew where to start.
This is my daily driver and I work every day, so I can't really drop this off anywhere. As much as I would like to, I just can't.
And the cost of a rental car during the week AND mechanic costs will just be too much on my wallet. If I could sell my first born, I would. But my first born is 26 years old and an Iraqi Vet, so... well... He can pretty much choose who I would sell him to. And I don't think the person he chooses would be too concerned with the needs of my sons dad, and I doubt very seriously she would know anything about front end alignment.
So... Where do I start, and what do I do?

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Hi again. 26 years old? And, a veteran? He should bring good money.

It is possible that you have an allignment issue, but, that is not the only possibility. The first thing that I would do is check my steering and front suspension components very carefully, particulary the tie rod ends and the strut rod bushings. If you have, for example, a bent or twisted tie rod end or a busted adjusting sleeve, no allignment can correct that. When was the last time you did any work on the front suspension? If all of that stuff is basically original, your problem could be a bit more involved than just an allignment. I would first figure out what, exactly, is wrong before I attempted fixing it.
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Stop the presses!
Remember how I said I was gonna put some other tires on there to get me by until I got some new ones (or something like that)? Well. I did. And the car runs straight. It tends to veer to the left now, but not quite as wickedly as it was going to the right. And that mysterious motor vibration magically disappeared too!
Although it's almost right, I still need to know what would cause my drivers side tire to get chewed up on the outside tread.
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Edge tire wear is normally caused by camber and or toe issues. Camber wear will normally be smooth and toe wear will have what we call a feathered feel to it. First, check all your steering and suspension componants, then make sure there is no metal belts sticking out of the tire, then run your fingers around the edge of the tire in both directions. If the wear is caused by toe your hand will go smooth in one direction but catch all the tread edges in the other "feathered edge" If it feels smooth in both directions it is likely camber. For a rough basic setting you can use a tape measure and level. Measure across the car from left to right tire at the 3 and 9 oclock position and compare those readings. less in the front is toe in, more in the front is toe out. I dont remember the specs for your car but should be close to zero. If you can get a level against your wheel in the 6 to 12 oclock position you can measure camber. If it is level that is zero camber, top in = neg. camber, top out = pos. camber. Wearing the outside edge of the tire would be caused by toe in or pos. camber.
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