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Bought my first diesel and it’s a 7.3 f350. With new ventures came new problems. This is the first I’m hearing of a vehicle needing a frame alignment. With this new truck I got a wheel alignment done and was told the toe is off center. No accident history and no salvage title so I hope this is minor work needing to be done. Hearing the phrase “frame work” is intense. Every shop in a 20 mile radius either only excepts insurance or are incapable of doing this type of work. The one shop I found doesn’t seem promising but they said they need a day with the truck. Did I buy a lemon? Is frame straightening possible? I fell in love too soon?😂
 

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I would be leery of an alignment shop telling you your frame is compromised due to a toe issue

just as leery as I would be with the "need the truck for a day" shop

are you having issue with tire wear/ tracking ?
 

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You can easily check tracking by driving in a straight line at a parking lot -- stop, then mark the pavement where the outer edge of the front tires -- then pull forward until the marks line up to the rear tires -- are the tires within the marks? -- if the rear tires are centered on the marks, then the tracking is OK
 

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I would be leery of an alignment shop telling you your frame is compromised due to a toe issue

just as leery as I would be with the "need the truck for a day" shop

are you having issue with tire wear/ tracking ?
Haven’t noticed any tire wear yet but it’s only been a few days. I am noticing that the truck pulls left a lot. Prior to the wheel alignment the truck pulled right a lot. Guess I’ll keep driving it and checking for tire wear
 

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I’d be getting it on a lift myself and having a good look over it, or under it so to speak. Or ask the shop that told you the ‘frame needs an alignment’ to show you why?
Is there something obvious on the frame? A repair? Welding that doesn’t look stock? Fresh painted area? Anything out of the ordinary? An area that is pulled out where a hook or something was pulling on it?
I’d be taking it else where to have another shops opinion as well. Another alignment shop or garage you trust.
Does it ‘dog track’ down the road driving at all? Drive behind it, see if it looks straight to you. Does the rear follow the front as it should, or is it driving crooked, but still going in a straight line. Google it, you’ll understand me better f you don’t follow me.
There are places that can straighten a frame, which you found, but depends on what is bent / broken as to the cost, if it’s worth it.
Might have a good title, no accident history etc, but a lot of trucks that have been working trucks in oil fields, mines, loggin operations, or any other heavy industry get stuck somewhere and have an excavator, or dozer pull it out of the swamp sideways / on an angle, or something. I’ve done it. It’s embarrassing. Sometimes there’s no choice. Or even an axel, or some other suspension part slightly bent from pulling on it.
Unscrupulous people or just simply a big company with too many people involved in a fleet, might just trade it in, never mention it, don’t know, and the dealer / auctioneer never knows until something like this.
Not trying to scare you, just letting you know it’s possible.....
 
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I’m familiar with vehicles dog tracking so I’ll check for that but it drives pretty decent on straight smooth roads just pulls to the left a little most times.

The truck started squeaking today also as if the brakes are bad but they stop on a dime. So I don’t know if it’s the chassis altogether causing all these problems. Unfortunately I don’t have a trusted mechanic but I’m looking into local diesel groups here in Colorado.
Monday I’ll take it to a shop and have them comb through it if possible.

EDIT: just tested it and it’s not dog tailing/tracking.

I’d be getting it on a lift myself and having a good look over it, or under it so to speak. Or ask the shop that told you the ‘frame needs an alignment’ to show you why?
Is there something obvious on the frame? A repair? Welding that doesn’t look stock? Fresh painted area? Anything out of the ordinary? An area that is pulled out where a hook or something was pulling on it?
I’d be taking it else where to have another shops opinion as well. Another alignment shop or garage you trust.
Does it ‘dog track’ down the road driving at all? Drive behind it, see if it looks straight to you. Does the rear follow the front as it should, or is it driving crooked, but still going in a straight line. Google it, you’ll understand me better f you don’t follow me.
There are places that can straighten a frame, which you found, but depends on what is bent / broken as to the cost, if it’s worth it.
Might have a good title, no accident history etc, but a lot of trucks that have been working trucks in oil fields, mines, loggin operations, or any other heavy industry get stuck somewhere and have an excavator, or dozer pull it out of the swamp sideways / on an angle, or something. I’ve done it. It’s embarrassing. Sometimes there’s no choice. Or even an axel, or some other suspension part slightly bent from pulling on it.
Unscrupulous people or just simply a big company with too many people involved in a fleet, might just trade it in, never mention it, don’t know, and the dealer / auctioneer never knows until something like this.
Not trying to scare you, just letting you know it’s possible.....
 
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