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CHEEPO DO IT YOURSELF WHEEL ALIGNMENT:
I've done it several times and have always found and corrected faults
when uneven tire wear is observed.
ASSUMES SAME TRACK ON BOTH AXLES; OTHERWISE CORRECTION MUST BE MADE.
Using a length of mason's line (string).
orrections until the proper amount of toe is obtained.
NOTE: CAMBER ADJUSTMENTS SHOULD BE MADE BEFORE TOE ADJUSTMENTS.
Align one axle at a time. The axle must be level. Using a long carpenter's level or long straight edge and a level, span the width of the axle (at tire patch) and establish a level surface by shimming sections of 2x6 or equiv.
Drive the axle onto the prepared level surface˙û.
using a torpedo level, hold the level vertical against the center portion of
the wheel (remove hub caps). The bubble should be cntered for "0" camber, on
the outside for negative camber. the amount of bubble offset from vertical
can be calculated using the span of the level contact points on the wheel (r)
and the specified amount (degrees). the offset is equal to the camber in deg. times 2 pi r divided by 360.
More important than absolute value is consistant values on both right and left sides.
the hardest part of the job is loosening the adjust. points. I just disdid the rear axle of my 5ktq. I have yet to tackle CASTER. probably a takeoff of the camber method with a swing of the wheels through an arc. Does anyone
have any pointers?
after making adjustments roll car back and forth and recheck; this will remove any preload/friction effects.
All the best,