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Old 05-21-2007, 12:29 AM
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How do you adjust camber.........

My 82 Trans Am is running around with too much "toe in". The outside of both front wheels are wearing out. I am wondering how I would adjust the camber up front.

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Why would you adjust the camber when your tires have too much negative toe? Unless you have acces to an alighnment machine I wouldnt attempt this. most places will adjust the the toe for $40 and give yoou a print out of the other angles.
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An alignment can be done at home. There are a few DIY alignment sites that have pretty good procedures but you are going to need a good caster/camber gauge. There are also a few ways to set toe.
Here is something to get you started but do more google searches to find a method that best fits you. http://www.carcraft.com/howto/48938/
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Your front end sounds like it has too much positive toe, not negative toe. Or your front end is too lose to hold an alignment Any change in camber will affect toe in. so your better off to have it on a computerized machine.

The caster and camber are adjusted by the upper strut mount. The mount has 3 studs that come up thru the body and loosen the 3 nuts and the mount will slide forward or rearward for caster and in and out for camber. The front end needs jack up under the frame to allow the suspension to hang down to take the weight load off the mount to move the plate around.

First things first , you should have the front end inspected for loose ball joints, tie tod ends, idler arm or centerlink.
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Chiefton has pretty well covered the bases.

It would appear that you have excessive toe in. you can usually confirm this by sliding your hand over the tire from side to side. if it feels like it is feathered in one direction or the other the toe is excessive. Too much toe in would mean that it felt like the feathering was going in somewhat smooth sliding in but your fingers catch on little ridges sliding out.
excess positive camber would mean that the tire is worn more on the outside edge and the inside edge isn't showing as much wear.
I have to agree with those that recommend taking the car to a competent alignment shop to have the alignment done.
State of the art computerized equipment is nice but it doesn't make up for the skill of the person doing the alignment.
Make sure it is set to exact factory specs and not "just within the limits". When I was doing front end work I always tried to get the adjustment to exact specs on stock suspension cars. It isn't that hard to do the majority of the time.
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Thank you all for the info. I'll be looking to take the car to an alignment shop soon. Just thought I would try to save some dough, but I'd pay to have it done right.
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