So for a while now turning my steering wheel at low speeds sometimes results in a slight groan, but no clunking or popping etc. doesn’t always occur and not loud by any means. I went to get an alignment today(new tires and have a three year alignment deal). Tires that I replaced were worn evenly. They said they couldn’t align the van due to binding struts. I told them to do their best since it’s free. All front end was aligned into spec except front left camber which should be .5 to -.3. Is currently at -.4. Looking at invoice it was at -.3 before work was done but I’m guessing it was the best compromise since the poor toe was corrected by a large margin. Van has 220,000, 2002 year, and isn’t the greatest overall best up and trans has somewhat hard downshifts at times. So I don’t like putting more and more money into it. So the questions: will .1 degree out of spec really hurt tire wear if the old tires wore evenly? What happens if I ignore this binding? Will it damage rack and pinion from increased drag?
Like I said, it’s just a groan, no clunking and it has no issue returning steering to center when wheel is not being touched. I’d be willing to replace them if it is going to cause expensive damage but I’m not looking to keep this forever and if a (good) camber bolt will allow me to let this ride I’d prefer that. Don’t know what is binding but I would guess strut mounts. They couldn’t give me an answer, but they don’t do struts so they weren’t trying to sell me anything