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Old 04-23-2011, 11:27 PM   #1
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Recently did an alignment and...

I just did an alignment today. Came back with the report saying "left front strut is bent causing left camber to be slightly out of specs. aligned as best as possible."

I had lowering springs before, but I replaced them with a 30k used set of ZHP shocks/springs about two months ago.

Is it possible that the strut was bent due to not doing the alignment right after I replaced the shocks/springs?

If it's bent, is it okay to pick up just one strut, or better to do the whole suspension again?

They also said that they "found seepage from oil pan gasket and rear differential."

What's that suppose to mean?
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:24 AM   #2
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The strut was not bent as a result of failing to get an alignment immediately after install. It was either bent before you installed it or has been bent since (this is usually going to require a significant side impact to the strut body). This is assuming the strut is actually bent and that your alignment guy wasn't a retard who didn't know how to adjust the camber on your car. I would not recommend replacing a single strut, it's best to replace suspension parts in axle pairs. The comments about seepage means the oil pan and rear diff are leaking oil. You'll need to replace the oil pan gasket and diff output and/or input shaft seals.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:55 PM   #3
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some shops will actually bend the strut or shock to adjust for camber. yeah, a shop that i went to said that they would have done it on my RL when i had them, but since they are coils it couldnt be done. either way, this is a bad idea to fix camber lol
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