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rear alignment question
Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:45 PM
Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:59 AM
But he said nothing moved when he shook the wheel.
Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:59 AM
If it's not the wheel bearing, it could be sloppy bushings on teh inner pivot point for the control arm. Could possibyy be a broken control arm if it's rusted through, but not expected in a PNW climate.
Wheel bearings can be vague feeling as it has been documented here.
See if the trailing link on the outside of the trailing arm is twisting when you put weight on the car, or if that bushing is smacked as well.
Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:14 PM
Is it a ea82 car? If so there is adjustment in the trailing arm, the 3 bolts in the middle of the arm but it's been a while since I've looked at one, something about it moving foward and backward as well as for and aft adjusting toe and camber, the problem you have is too much negative camber on that side. Caster is non adjustable in the rear nor would you physically see the difference
Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:15 PM
Posted 06 February 2014 - 05:03 PM
Its an ea82, I've seen the diagram on how to adjust the caster/camber and toe in/out, I have it book marked on my phone. I just don't know if the caster was off, if the wheel would go back straight once lifted up, and crooked once put down. I'm not very familiar with the rear suspension on these cars, but it didn't really look like anything was bent. Ill try to get some pictures this weekend for you guys so you can better diagnose my problem. Thank you for the help y'all.
Link please for the alignment. These are old enough now that most suspension shops have no idea how to adjust them.
Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:53 PM
Theres a bunch of threads about this. The toe is adjustable...kinda, but the camber is not. The instructions say there is a way to do it, but look carefully at them. I've always found this part amusing: "Use a piece of wood as a lever", basicly, you shove a 2x4 in the trailing arm and bend it till you have 0* camber. Tightening the bolts doesn't do much, but you can shim them with washers if it really out. If your bearings are good, your bushings are good, and all the bolts are tight, than you have a bent trailing arm. At that point you have three options, live with it, replace it, or bend it back. Whether at rest, or jacked up, the tire should always be at 0* camber.
Shops don't touch the rear because of how getto the adjustment procedure is and its a liability, but Schwab will still charge for telling you that.
Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:19 AM
Check the condition of your rear subframe.
Mine did this (see the rear wheel tiltin from inside from upper side):
When this happened:
Edited by -tombba-, 07 February 2014 - 03:20 AM.
Posted 10 February 2014 - 01:05 PM
Edited by espey_16, 10 February 2014 - 01:10 PM.
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