having problems with alignment, 08 Sante Fe, had car aligned 2 in one year, 6
mths apart. still wore inside edge off tires. Independent dealer says it is
this type of car and there is nothing they can do? I considered the
independent dealer for tires reliable as this is where the dealer sent me for
tires. Now I am not sure... $2200, down and not trying to throw good $ after
I see many instances on this particular vehicle with the rear wheels not be
ing aligned properly. There are two adjusters on each rear wheel, and each
affects both camber and toe. Poorly trained or impatient technicians will c
rank one until one angle is in spec and crank the other until the other ang
le is in spec, not bothering to notice (or care) that the original angle is
The adjusting bolts are marked at the factory. When I see one that has most
bolts turned all the way to their maximum adjustment point, that's an indi
cation that what I've relayed above has happened. Usually putting it back t
o the original paint mark settings gets it close and minor adjustments will
bring it to optimal alignment.
The specs should be already loaded into the alignment machine and on any print-out showing readings after the alignment.
You should be able to go to just about any shop that does alignments and ask them to print the specs for you.
I'd also imagine they'd be findable via google or some such with a little effort, although I haven't taken the time to try this.
To more directly address the question in your subject:
On the front, only the toe is adjustable.
On the rear, toe and camber are adjustable.
If you have front camber significantly out of spec, that's a sign that something is bent.
Had to have eccentric bolts installed on the left front of my
Kia yesterday in order to align camber.
The 4 wheel alignment and wheel balance was $392.14
Probably due to my running over something equivalent to an office desk
on the freeway a few months ago. Did $2k worth of damage.
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.