Getting your camber settings just right on your car might seem confusing at first, but by using the steps below, you can make sure that you have the best camber settings possible on your vehicle.
Positive camber is when the top of your tires are leaning inward toward the center of your car; negative camber happens when they are leaning outward from that center point.
Why Positive Camber?
It’s there to balance out your car when you have too much negative camber, according to VW Beetle repair guides.
If you’re having trouble steering your car and it pulls sharply left or right, for instance, that might mean you have excessive negative camber.
To fix that problem, get some positive camber added to your wheels. But if you already have a decent amount of positive camber and still can’t steer properly, something else might be wrong with your vehicle.
In that case, get a professional in.
To explain how positive camber works, it’s best to use an example. Say you have your wheels aligned and they’re set up so they have a negative camber of 1 degree.
This means that every time you turn, their tops lean inward slightly toward your car’s center.
Over time, all of that leaning can wear out your tires more quickly than normal.
To fix excessive negative camber, your mechanic will add a little bit of positive camber.
With a 1-degree positive camber set up, your wheels will lean outward (toward your car’s side) slightly as you turn.
That way they’re not leaning inward when you turn, which can minimize tire wear and make it easier for you to steer straight.
If you need more positive camber, your mechanic will gradually increase it. However, if you have too much positive camber or it’s causing other problems with your car, it may be time for a new set of wheels.
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How to Fix Positive Camber
Start by slackening the but on the bolt and rotating the bolt in its hole until it adjusts. Read further to get a more detailed guide on how to fix positive camber.
If you’re reading this, you probably already know what positive camber is, and if not, here’s a quick explanation: positive camber refers to when your wheels are tilted inward at an angle greater than zero degrees.
This is bad because it tends to exaggerate tire wear and may also lead to higher tire pressure requirements and flat spots. That said, let’s get down to business.
Here are three ways you can fix positive camber.
- The first step is figuring out if your vehicle has positive camber, which you can do with a simple visual inspection.
Look at your tires from behind or in front of your car and check if they are angled inward toward each other.
If your tires are angled inward and you’re seeing abnormal tire wear, you most likely have positive camber.
If they’re flat or showing even wear, positive camber is not an issue. This isn’t a perfect diagnostic method though, so we recommend consulting a professional who can measure and diagnose your camber properly.
If you find that your vehicle does indeed have positive camber, don’t panic. There are several ways you can fix it with minimal cost or effort.
Let’s talk about some of those methods now
First, you could try to rotate your tires to even out their wear. If you’re parking mostly forward or backward, for example, rotating your tires in one direction might help even out wear across all of them.
- The second option is also a simple fix that requires no special tools.
All you need is a jack and jack stands so you can change your wheel positions by jacking up one side at a time and moving each wheel’s position inward (or outward, if necessary).
This will tilt your tires slightly inward, which should correct any positive camber issues.
- Finally, if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, there are many kits available that will allow you to fix your positive camber by adjusting each wheel position with spacers and different mounting positions.
This option is often ideal for vehicles that are driven regularly or travel frequently. In short, don’t panic if you have positive camber issues there are plenty of options available.
How do you adjust the camber? There are several ways to adjust the camber on a vehicle.
The first thing you’ll need is a ramp or jack stand so you can raise your vehicle off of the ground and get underneath it.
You’ll also need an automotive camber gauge, which measures positive camber. Finally, there are kits available that allow you to adjust each wheel individually to correct any issues.
If these aren’t options for you, we recommend consulting a professional who can diagnose and fix your camber properly.
If you have adjustable control arms, it’s a simple matter of loosening them, adjusting your wheel position inward or outward, and tightening them back up.
If you don’t have control arms or are looking for a more permanent solution, there are kits available that allow you to do something similar with spacers.
If you’re looking for a less involved option, you can also rotate your tires to even out their wear.
This method is only temporary, but it may be useful if you’re not able to adjust your camber or want a quick fix.
The positive camber on your vehicle is a natural result of driving your car for an extended period.
There are some things you can do to fix it, but you’ll want to first consult with a professional before doing any work yourself.
Most mechanics suggest checking your wheel alignment at least twice per year; although, it can be done once per month if you’re careful about hitting potholes and other road debris.
If you find that your tires are wearing unevenly or showing excessive tread, it’s a good indication that your wheel alignment needs adjustment.
If you do any work yourself, make sure you understand how important it is for accuracy. Even a slight difference can have a significant impact on your overall driving experience.