Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Westminster, CO
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You can inspect the control arm bushing yourself. Chock the rear wheels, jack up the front of the vehicle and place jack stands under the frame. You inspect by grasping the wheel and rocking left to right while feeling for excessive play. You should feel no wiggle, and hear no metallic clinking or clunking. The wheel should firmly attempt to move the control arm as you move the wheel.
Second, please go to hmaservice.com and register. Print off the wheel alignment specs for your year of Santa Fe, and the 3 Technical Service Bulletins on wheel alignment. Especially at NTB, you should have your own set of specs for the wheel alignment. Don't laugh...I caught Sears using the wrong specs. Also, one of the TSB talks about stripping out the rear cam adjustment bolt by using air tools. What are the odds that someone used air tools on your wheel alignment bolts, stripped or damage a bolt, and failed to tell you?
Yeah, you could get the Eibach kit but your OEM alignment should also work with a competent alignment shop. I had a Sears shop tell me I had a bent frame, and I promptly went to the other Sears shop in town and got my alignment done correctly.
Where's my bailout?