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K, whats the deal with an alignment?
Posted 13 December 2005 - 04:56 AM
Can someone please explain what camer and caster is? I know its about the wheel angle but thats all I know....?
OH and BTW is there anyway to adjust toe-in at home to a reasonably close setting cuz I am really poor, this car is a $400 special, and I really hate to pay other people to work on it.
Posted 13 December 2005 - 06:14 AM
if you have a bad problem on one tire i'd try to find a trouble spot - tie rod, wheel bearing, ball joint all come to mind and can all be fixed relatively cheap. maybe a bad bearing in the strut top or a bad strut? you can get a used hub, control arm or strut for 15-30 bucks and be done with any of these issues....just need to find out what it is.
has this happened to more than one tire? could be a bad tire...or wheel (though the wheel isn't likely).
Posted 13 December 2005 - 09:39 AM
Caster: is the forward or rearward tilt of the steering knuckle when viewed from the side of the car.
Camber: is the inward or outward tilt of the wheel and tire assembly when viewed from the front of the car. \ / or / \
Toe: is determined by the difference in distance between the front and rear of the left and right-hand wheels
Posted 13 December 2005 - 09:40 AM
Posted 13 December 2005 - 09:53 AM
Posted 13 December 2005 - 09:56 AM
Jack up one side at a time, check for bad wheel bearings, ball joint, inner tierod end or a bent radius rod. This is the round rod bolted to the lower control arm leading back to the tranny frame.
If everything is fine, you can do your own alignment provided you have all the same wheels and tires.
First, inflate the tires to the maximum pressure marked on the sidewall. Lower the two front windows, rest an angle, board or straight-edge across the top of the doors. Clamp the steering wheel in the dead center position.
From the front of the car, sight down the inside of the tires, as high as you can, still having a clear view of the rear tire.
The front and rear inner sidewalls of the front tire should line up with inner tread shoulder of the rear tire. This is the inner edge of the part of the tread that contacts the road, not the edge of the rubber pattern.
You can use a straight-edge if you have trouble seeing the sidewalls, and you can place a marker at the rear tire if you have trouble seeing the tread shoulder. Do not adjust the wheel all the way, as your tire is holding to the ground. Adjust it close, then roll the car back a foot and adjust again.
Your accuracy depends on how level your ground is, but if you do it right you will not be peeling tires. Good Luck.
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