I’ve had light steering issues at speeds above 60 MPH on smooth roads where my Civic ( 230K miles) feels darty, dangerous and unpredictable when I put in the slightest steering corrections to keep my car going straight. One possible cause, i assumed, could be my front alignment. I’m lowered on lowering springs but never had this darty feeling before.
- Inner tie rod boots have been torn for awhile but there is no play left right top bottom with each wheel so I assume they’re still fine.
- Rack could also be worn out.
- It’s been 7 years since my last alignment.
First, I measured my front toe using the string method. Aligned the string to the rear wheel front and rear to keep it parallel, inches away then measured the front. These are the readings from the left and right tire.
- Left tire/Front- 9" 3/8
- Left tire/Rear - 9" 5/8
- Right tire/Front 10" 1/4
- Right tire/Rear 10" 3/16
- Difference b/w L and R = +5/16th inch toe out.
To confirm, I used another method by choosing a tread line on my left and right tire that are identical and using a 2x4 to keep my tape level measure and taking a reading on each tire.
- Distance b/w L and R in front= 62" 1/4
- Distance b/w L and R in rear = 62"
- 1/4th inch toe out in front
So I know I have slightly toe out by a little over a 1/4th inch. Could this cause darty and light steering? And why is my left front farther away from the center of my car then the right front (using the first method above?)