I will dig up my alignment papers and post the #'s off of it. Camber, Caster and Toe all play a part in this problem were having. Read the articles below.Camber won't make your car pull. CASTER, on the other hand, will (if uneven from left-to-right).
Agreed. Mine doesn't pull, 'cept for torque steer (yes). Something is not right here, but I'm puzzled as to what it might be. When I started reading the post, I was thinking tire pressure.This sounds like a really strange one, esp if everything is in spec, that doesn't make any sense... But FWIW, the car should not pull either way, it's not normal, and it's not due to FWD, period.
Maybe try another alignment shop or dealer? Your dealer's rack might be out of calibration, or they aren't doing a full 4-wheel alignment or who knows what. Very odd problem...
Are you sure that camber alone cannot cause pulling? I'm reading my ASE "Auto Suspension and Steering" book and it says this in a section about camber:Camber alone (as long as it's even from left-to-right) wil NOT make your car pull to one side. Hell, even Caster won't make it pull to one side (on a level road surface) as long as it's even from left-to-right. It's when there is a variance from left-to-right that you run into tracking problems.
Having jacked front toe won't really make your car pull to one side more than the other either (unless you fight a mis-centered wheel and therefore steer off to one side) with all other things being equal.
My guess is that most of you that are having this problem have excessive cross-caster or cross-camber.
As long as it's even from left to right it won't.Are you sure that camber alone cannot cause pulling? I'm reading my ASE "Auto Suspension and Steering" book and it says this in a section about camber:
"Too much camber in either direction will cause pulling and tire wear."
I'm an amateur when it comes to suspension setups, but from what I understand, camber can cause the car to pull.
Ah, that makes things much clearer! When I was thinking about camber causing pulling, it was definitely related to "cross-camber." Thanks for the comments as I'm looking to further my understanding of suspension setups.As long as it's even from left to right it won't.
It's when you have "cross-camber" (i.e., uneven camber from left-to-right).
Now, that being said, there is such a thing as "too much camber."
It's just that I don't really consider anything up to -2.5 degrees to be too much negative front camber (on a MacPherson strut setup), as in the past I've still gotten pretty even tire wear and as long as I keep my toe settings reasonable.
Actually, tire wear itself is an indicator or whether or not you've got the right camber for you car and driving habits. Of course, it takes a lot more time to see camber's effect on tire wear than it does to take tire temps with a pyrometer or use chalk (not to mention it could get expensive too if you guess wrong), but if you're getting uneven wear across the tread of your tires and your toe settings aren't extreme (excessive toe can be diagnosed by looking for "cupping" or "scalloping" of the tread, and when combined with aggressive camber settings will greatly accelerate tire wear), then you've got too much camber.