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Front End Allignment General

I am developing the skills, tools, and procedures for front end alignments at home.  Here are some videos I found that will help.

Toe.  Seems that the string method is sufficient for toe adjustment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxtwjjb-vbg

Camber.  The angle from vertical of the tire when straight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9iZ1AAgItE

Caster.  The change in camber when tire is turned.

 

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Front Wheel Bearing Replacement on 1998 Gran Prix

The left front wheel bearing is making noise.  I need to replace it.  I found the following videos that will probably help:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF4ZUPhaWCI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kknhOQXryvw

The parts will probably come from 1a Auto due to price.  $100 for set of 2 with tie rod ends.
http://www.1aauto.com/1A/ChassisSuspension/Pontiac/GrandPrix/1AHTF00005/718458/1998

 

I will do some more research and update this post later.

2014 – 03 – 30 Update.
I ordered the bearing hub assembly and tie rod ends listed above from 1A Auto.  They should be in before next weekend.  I’ll start the disassembly today?  :)

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Removed Gas Tank from 57 Ranchero

I removed the gas tank today because the spare wheel well would not drain and was full of water.

Thee tank was full of water as well.

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Mom might go home today

I’ve been here most of the day it seems but I haven’t really. Started the day trying to fix a problem with my computer backup. It has not backed up since February the second. The error message indicated a read error on the disk but did not say which disk and both the C and D drives failed. After scheduling a check disk on both drives, I noticed I had 14 pending updates from last week so I installed them and rebooted around 6:00 am. At 11:00 it was still working on free space on the 1.5 tB D drive so I went to the hospital to see mom. She said the doctor said he would start the discharge paperwork. After checking with the RN, who said she did not have any paperwork, I decided to go get a few things done. I went to mom’s bank to get signature cards and Cindy Crews called and said she was in town and wanted to see mom. I told her I was in a meeting but mom was at St. Michael. After I finished at the bank, I went back to the hospital and saw Cindy and mom. Then I went home and found my computer still doing check disk on C drive. I let it go till it was scanning free space and rebooted. It came close to booting the first time but LogMeIn and QuickBooks both reported that C:\$Security was missing or corrupt. Then the computer shut itself down and never came back up again. I booted off removable drive and found the mentioned file with a length of 0 bytes. The drive did not show up on all utilities so I assumed it was time to kill it and restore but remember it has been a couple of weeks since last backup. That’s what started this whole mess. I had some network issues, I’ll discuss elsewhere. I installed a USB network interface and started the restore of the C drive. It was going to take an hour or two so I went to bank and made a cash deposit since I could not do a paycheck. Then to hospital again. The nurse came in and started a new IV antibiotic and said mom was not going home today. I went home to check on restore. It was locked up. It did not seem to like the USB interface so I found drivers for the integrated NICs and started again. Then around 4:10 Amy texted me that they were going to discharge mom today. I called Dr. Trann and let them know to expect mom tomorrow. I called the home and they said the hospital would call them and they would come pick her up. I called Amy and told her I would come over in a while and see the process. I got to the hospital around 6:00. After visiting a few minutes, I went to cafeteria and got supper. The crab cakes were a big disappointment so I went back for the ham and salami mufilita. It was even worse. I got back to the room and during report at 7:00 pm, I overheard that they were waiting on miss Hollowell son to show up and that her discharge papers were in her chart. I walked to the door and told them I was here. There was a misunderstanding. When Amy told them I was going to be in, they assumed I was taking her to the nursing home and did not call them. I said I could take her but that was not the plan. They said ok I could take her soon. About 7:45 mom said she was in pain and needed her Trezix. I went to nurse to get my Trezix back and they didn’t know anything about it. An intern heard the conversation and suggested it would be in lockup. They found it and I gave her one. Then I get the word that they did call the nursing home and they were on their way to get mom. That may or not sound like all day but it is 8:45 and I am still here.