My Magnum is sitting at the dealer while they are trying to find out why a
front end alignment at 22,000 miles won't correct a problem. It pulls hard
to the right. Normal other things have been checked, tires, brakes, etc.
What got me was the service manager who denied a problem at first, then
after driving it himself told me, Magnum front ends pulling to the right
have been giving them "headaches". Anyone else had this problem. Sounds
like recall #3 coming.
Love the car otherwise, even if it isn't a hemi and is grossly underpowered
with a 2.7. (company car)
front end alignment and ordered a new bolt that is designed to aid in
the setting of one of the alignment parameters. The bolt arrived in
about a week, and the dealer had to take part of the front end apart
to install the bolt, so he had to do a second alignment. He also
"adjusted the cradle," whatever that is. The first alignment helped a
lot, but after putting in the new adjustment bolt, and doing a second
alignment, the car tracks straight as an arrow on level ground. Any
dealer should know about this fix. I can give you the part number of
the bolt if you need it. I think I still have the receipt from the
service order. The service writer at your dealer is an idiot.
Dan and Jack,
I am just back from the dealer and picking it up and Dan, your 100% right
except they want to put in two bolts ($125 for parts) saying the originals
can't adjust far enough. They fiddled with the cradle too and the mechanic
wasn't a happy camper. My fleet service company doesn't want to split with
the $$ for the change, so I'm stuck for another 60k miles. The service
manager told me everything you say, but only after I insisted that I hadn't
let the air pressure in the right front tire go down. I had actually had
the tires rotated and when I told them that he changed his tune and told me
about the problems they having with Magnums pulling to the right. When I
drove it home tonight, it now "drifts" instead of a steady, fairly hard
pull. If it doesn't get worse, I can live with it. I'll be putting 2,000
miles on it in the next 7 days working.
Jack, engine size doesn't matter, it's the front end and seems to be
universal. My problem showed up around 20k miles. I've had it since 6/04 in
a pre-release program.
Thanks for the info,
I don't know if it's the same process on the Magnum, but on the LH cars,
one of the procedures for correcting a pull to one side was to loosen
the cradle bolts and shift the entire cradle. This moved the lower
suspension points, while the upper end of the struts remained fixed on
the body, so it was possible to adjust cross-caster this way. Camber
adjustment could be obtained by using smaller strut-to-knuckle bolts
that were rated for the same torque as the standard ones; the smaller
bolts allowed shifting the strut/knuckle attachment. There was also a
service bulletin that called for elongating the holes in the lower strut
bracket where it attached to the knuckle, allowing camber adjustment.
Supposedly the only front end alignment on the LH was toe, but as you
can see, that was not exactly true.
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