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Caster Kit!?!?!?!?!?!

What exactly is a caster and whats it's purpose??? I took my truck in today for alignment and was succesfully aligned but when I picked the truck up he said I need a front caster kit..... He qouted me 450 for parts and labor and not only did I find the parts fairly cheap im not even sure I really need them replaced.... And info on caster kit? Anybody replaced theirs and how much?? Thanks
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Caster is the foward/backward angle of the wheel. It's like the front wheel on the bicycle.
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If I replaced those would I need to have my truck realigned???
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What exactly is a caster and whats it's purpose??? I took my truck in today for alignment and was succesfully aligned but when I picked the truck up he said I need a front caster kit..... He qouted me 450 for parts and labor and not only did I find the parts fairly cheap im not even sure I really need them replaced.... And info on caster kit? Anybody replaced theirs and how much?? Thanks
Its a set of shims they put in, $450 seems kind of steep if you ask me unless its that bad. If you have a large lift of some sort that would explain it all.

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If I replaced those would I need to have my truck realigned???
YUP, At Sears Auto they have a 6 month/6,000 mile warrenty that come with thier alignements.

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You can do it yourself..if your trucks alinement is fine now just pop them in about 1/2 hour and $100+-
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You can do it yourself..if your trucks alinement is fine now just pop them in about 1/2 hour and $100+-
But your still gonna need a new alignment, if you want to keep those shoes true.

Your changing the geomety and may need more or less shims and will need to be checked. I would leave it to someone that can do it right the first time. Like I said before and I tell all my customers that come to Sears Auto to get an alignment, we'll set it and if FOR ANY REASON WITH IN 6 MONTH 6,000 MILES YOU THINK ITS OUT WE RESET IT FOR FREE even if its not out, and come back just before said time/miles and they still check or rest FOR FREE all you pay is 69.99 out he door for 4 tire aligment. Don't know to many places that come close to that.

I know its my second job but never hurts to help when the price of new skins just gets higher and higher.

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I aggree you should get a alinement unless their isn't any thing wrong with it except lack of castor from the lift. Also they are not really shims their ball joint eccentric bushings and you can get them with only a castor change..Sears isn't going to install them for free..so at least put them in yourself and then let someone check it for correct alinement..
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Yea thats what im afraid of because I just paid 79.99 for a alignment and if I replace those I will have to have it realigned.. But truck is driving straight and better than it was before I got alignment and tie rod ends replaced
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how could you tell if they are bad? What are signs??

OH YEA "I DONT HAVE A LIFT KIT"!!!!
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