Took my wagon in with bad wear on inside of rear tires. Mechanic would
be willing to take my money but spent all morning checking condition of
components, everything looks fine. Says he can find no specs
whatsoever for adjusting the rear end. They are a small to medium,
quite up to date tire and alignment shop. Says he has never seen
anything like this (missing specs). They're usually really good.
Should I just call around? My fear is that someone will tell me "sure
I can do that" and not have any better information, leading me to pay
for something done poorly.
From memory.... total rear toe about 0.10 degrees split roughly even side
for side.... even with aftermarket rear camber kits, these things can rarely
be nursed into anything better than about 0.50 degrees negative camber.
Why, that is very kind of you.... I am quite happy that you have gone out of
YOUR way to thank me for my time.... This is what makes me want to continue
freely dispensing information you would have to pay for......
FWIW, I have to wonder about "spent all morning checking components".... if
stuff is loose, an alignment is not going to be accurate.... Then again, you
Yanks will let anyone with a hammer and a visegrip call himself a "tech".
All things being equal, would you rather pay someone ten bucks an hour or
pay someone thirty bucks an hour (I'm not talking "door" rate here) to work
on your car???
Took me about 17 seconds to find the specs, but I already have the
site in my Favorites, so....
click Suspension & Steering
click Specification Charts
click the second picture
Rear camber: 1.90neg-0.10pos preferred: .90neg
Rear toe-in: .06"pos
I had an '86 Taurus wagon from new, and when the rear tires started
getting chewed up sometime in '90, I took it to my usual tire &
alignment place. They referred me to a Ford dealer 20 miles away that
installed a factory kit that allowed for alignment adjustment on the
rear, and then the dealer did a 4-wheel alignment.
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