Checking and Adjusting the Camber

The only machined surface on the front wheel is where the dust cap rests on. So off goes the dust cap and the camber/caster gauge is placed on. The gauge has a magnetic mount with a centering pin which you center on the end of the spindle's dimple.

caster/camber gauge

Camber is measured on top gauge and outside scale - this picture shows +1 deg camber

The wheels should be positioned pointing directly forward. The camber is read off of the camber bubble gauge and then adjusted for a correct camber reading. On most cars this requires placing shims in the upper control arm mount. Some have offset bolts on the upper control arm which are turned. In mine, it required turning the upper control arm's rear turnbuckle for +1 deg camber.


Passenger side front suspension showing turnbuckles

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Copyright Jan 16, 2011 Eugene Blanchard