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Old 11 Jan 2019, 10:39 pm
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I got new front tires for my car.

I knew my camber was off from my last alignment.

I put 70,000 on my last front tires. One fell apart on the way to the shop.

I got high quotes to instal my tires and camber adjustment bolts and align it.

I found a place to instal both tires for 20 bucks. Then I installed the bolts myself.

The alignment cost $50. At first e tired to toe and go.

He adjusted the bad side but itís still off. Itís too far out for the bolt. I think itís 1.75 adjustability. The other side was in the green but he did not touch it to make it closer. I had him adjust that and it was spot on.

My car still pulls to the right.

The printer ran out of ink. Iíll see tomorrow where Iím at.

Do they make camber bolts with more adjustment?
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Old 12 Jan 2019, 12:08 pm
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You got 70,000 miles from the last set of tires. That tells me the camber was pretty close. You might have installed the tab washer in the wrong direction. There is a good video from 'modern performance .com' that explains the installation procedure quite well. The washer position changes if you want the camber to go negative or positive. If you use two offset camber bolts on the same side of the car, the camber can be changed up to 2.5 degrees.

There is a video on U Tube with misinformation about camber bolts. Well intended but incompetent/misleading info. It's that 15 minutes of fame thing.
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Old 12 Jan 2019, 12:28 pm
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Don't know how many miles on you PT, could the worn ball joint/LCA be throwing the camber out.
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Old 12 Jan 2019, 07:54 pm
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Oh man, the one side was close. He could have use the two bolts on one side.

I did not look into the bolt set up and installation very much because I donít have the alignment machine. I was hoping the alignment shop knew everything.

Looks like I will buy another bolt and do it myself. I saw something about a magnet took to put on rotor.
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Old 12 Jan 2019, 07:55 pm
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The one tire had disintegrated. About to pop. Looking at a bunch of metal in the tire, one section actually fell out
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Old 13 Jan 2019, 04:43 am
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The modernperformance.com > camber bolts > PT Cruiser video can explain it better than I can. Note that the washer with the tab goes under the bolt head. And that the washer tab must be either at the three o'clock position or the nine o'clock position. The position of the tab determines the direction of the camber change. I'd try this before adding a second adjustable camber bolt.

A 2 foot carpenters level and couple of wood blocks taped to the wheel rim at 12 and 6 o'clock will get you close enough. [On level ground.] Then have it aligned.
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