Corrections..... I forgot some stuff.... just throw that first post in
Welp..... first I sent to my regular mechanic who said boot was torn,
but bushing was OK. I saw the torn bushing while on the lift and looked
around and specifically asked about bushings because I was hearing metal
moving when making sharp turns. Naturally it was turning smooth for him
- and never made any unusual noises since then.
He doesn't sell tires and couldn't refer anyone. So next, I went to a
tire dealer **
DID NOT buy 2 tires, but DID GET alignment. He said same
thing - boot torn. Bushings and all other suspension parts OK. I
specifically told him to look for any repairs needed. This is the place
that didn't get the pull out of the steering and I ended up taking it
back to re-do it. Still pulled, and they said it was the tire --
possibly band separated. They didn't have my first tire choice so I
went to another dealer and got 2 front tires. No time for alignment
that time but car ran straight with no drifting.
A few days later, I went back and bought 2 rear tires. Then had them
check everything underneath. I picked it up after the shop closed and
could not see it on the rack. Mechanic said toe was way in, past specs.
Needed alignment but must get cracked control arm bushing fixed first.
I had not told them any stories so I could get it fresh from them.
So here I am today. Car runs straight - no drifting to one side and no
brakes pulling. All three of these shops are decent places. But I need
to know if anything needs to be fixed before I ruin some new tires.
Any wise ideas? I'll dig up the alignment numbers and post.