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How to Install Camber Bolts

by Shae Hazelton

A camber bolt can be a useful addition to your front- and rear-wheel assemblies. Camber bolts help adjust the camber alignment on your vehicle's tires. As your car ages, the camber bolt can become misaligned. Installing the camber bolt, which has a small tab specialty part on the washer, is a delicate process. If you damage any parts of the camber bolt during installation, purchase a new one and dispose of the damaged bolt.

Examine the different components of the camber bolt. Below the head of the bolt is the lobe, a thick section that sticks out on one side, which prevents the attached washer from sliding down the bolt. The washer has one arm that extends to the side with a small tab on the bottom.

Park your car on a level surface and turn off its ignition. Loosen the wheel's lug nuts using the tire iron. Raise the front end of the vehicle with the jack. Set the car on jack stands.

Remove the vehicle's lug nuts and tire. Locate the steering knuckle, which is between the ball joints or the ball joint and strut, depending on your vehicle's suspension. There are two bolts on the clevis of the steering knuckle. Install the camber bolts in place of the top bolt on the rear knuckle clevises and in place of the lower bolt on the front knuckle clevises.

Remove the bolt you will replace completely and loosen the other bolt.

Insert the camber bolt through the vacant holes in the clevis. Place the camber nut on the threaded end of the bolt, but do not tighten it down. Rotate the long tab on the washer towards the engine for negative camber and towards the wheel for positive.

Rotate the bolt without moving the washer so the thick side of the bolt's lobe faces the opposite direction of the long handle. The little tab on the underside of the washer should rest right over the thick part of the lobe.

Move the washer to one side until the small tab on the underside slips into the hole of the clevis. Don't rotate the washer while you work.

Tighten the nut on the end of the bolt (hold the head of the bolt steady with a box wrench) until the head of the washer rests right over the washer. The bolt should not press tightly on the washer, but it should sit close enough to the washer to prevent the tab on the underside from slipping out of the clevis hole.

Rotate the nuts to tighten both the new and old bolts into place. Do not move the heads of the bolts or the washer. This will place your car out of alignment.

Tip

  • Visit your mechanic after installing the camber bolts to ensure you have the correct alignment.

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About the Author

Shae Hazelton is a professional writer whose articles are published on various websites. Her topics of expertise include art history, auto repair, computer science, journalism, home economics, woodworking, financial management, medical pathology and creative crafts. Hazelton is working on her own novel and comic strip while she works as a part-time writer and full time Medical Coding student.

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