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Old 05-04-2019, 08:49 PM   #1
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Live rear axle camber?

I'm a bit confused as to how to fix this, but I recently installed rear spacers and now that the tires are closer to the wheel well it's easily evident that my right rear tire has a negative camber whereas my left rear is straight up and down. My car has never been wrecked and from my understand the solid rear axle makes camber adjustments hard to achieve, but when I jack my car up and release the load from the negative camber tire it goes back to near zero camber and it matches the back left. How can I get it so the camber is back to zero? Is this a suspension issue? Thanks for any advice!!
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I'm a bit confused as to how to fix this, but I recently installed rear spacers and now that the tires are closer to the wheel well it's easily evident that my right rear tire has a negative camber whereas my left rear is straight up and down. My car has never been wrecked and from my understand the solid rear axle makes camber adjustments hard to achieve, but when I jack my car up and release the load from the negative camber tire it goes back to near zero camber and it matches the back left. How can I get it so the camber is back to zero? Is this a suspension issue? Thanks for any advice!!
Year and model? Check the puddle welds where the axle tubes enter the center section casting. If they have broken the right tube may be bending upwards under the weight of the car. This places undue stresses on the axle spline, differential gear, and wheel (axle) bearing, depending on how much deflection is occurring. Generally, loosened axle tubes will leak fluid, however. Look for that, too.
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Use a level, first on the garage floor to make sure it is indeed relatively level, then put it onto each tire/wheel to check and compare them for plumb. Keeping in mind, of course, that the tire bulges at the bottom.
By adding the wheel spacers, you have exacerbated the inherent problem of the rear end not being perfectly centered in most of the S197's. You actually haven't done anything to make it worse, it's just that, by widening the rear track, it makes it more noticeable.
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Thanks for the info straybullit and 65 k car. It's a 2013 GT convertible Next time I have it on the jack I'll check underneath and see if any of the welds are loose! I didn't think about that being possible. I'll also use a level rather than going off of eye level!
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