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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 Rockstar 3 Years 100 Posts

    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?
  2. Naptime

    Naptime Rockstar 100 Posts

    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.
  3. janikphoto

    janikphoto Rockstar 3 Years 100 Posts

    There could be frame damage, but the tires are wearing pretty well and pretty even.
  4. moogvo

    moogvo Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    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!
  5. janikphoto

    janikphoto Rockstar 3 Years 100 Posts

    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...
  6. moogvo

    moogvo Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I would DEFINITELY check that out. Make sure the axle is square to the frame! Did it do this before the lift blocks?
  7. janikphoto

    janikphoto Rockstar 3 Years 100 Posts

    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.
  8. sstoner911

    sstoner911 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    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.
  9. RallySTX

    RallySTX Member 100 Posts

    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.
  10. janikphoto

    janikphoto Rockstar 3 Years 100 Posts

    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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