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My Burb is Dog Tracking...

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by janikphoto, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. janikphoto

    janikphoto New Member

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    I was able to drive behind my 99 suburban, and I noticed the reason for the steering wheel constantly being off center - even after a good alignment and new tires... it's doing that dog track thing. You know, when dogs walk with they rear legs a bit to one side, like they are trying to get around the front legs! So, what are likely causes and fixes for this issue?
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    There's probably other causes, but every one I've seen is from a bent frame. They tend to go through rear tires, bearings etc, too.
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  3. janikphoto

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    There could be frame damage, but the tires are wearing pretty well and pretty even.
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    Maybe the rear axle is cockeyed. I suppose the centering pin on the spring perch could be broken off... The cool part is that you get to see more of your vehicle when following behind it. LOL!
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  5. janikphoto

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    It's possible that something is off back there. I installed one inch lift blocks to even out the look from front to back. Nothing was broken, no pins or guides, but it might need shims or something now...
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    I would DEFINITELY check that out. Make sure the axle is square to the frame! Did it do this before the lift blocks?
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    I don't remember. I did it almost a year ago, when I first bought the thing. Lifted the back a bit, put on new tires and wheels, then had it aligned at Firestone.
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    Could be bent frame or as simple as a rear spring issue...put it on a 4 wheel alignment rack it will tell you if its something simple or not.
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    I love alignment shops that blow a job like that. That's why I only take my trucks to one place. Good luck and I hope it's an easy fix.
    Brian L.
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    That's what I need to find... and expert alignment shop in North Texas! Firestone was nice and courteous, but I got the impression that their machine and tech were doing more guessing than anything scientific.
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