CAMBER & CASTER CORRECTION

Axlefix can help you understand what is camber and caster angle correction

Caster angle: Caster is the angle in which the front suspension is positioned in reference to the vertical position. Caster is only set on the front suspension of your car. This angle cannot be seen by eye, but must be measured with the correct alignment equipment. On most vehicles this angle is set in a positive manner which assists in steering and vehicle stability at higher speeds. This angle does not usually affect tire wear.

Caster angle settings allow the vehicle manufacturer to balance steering effort, high speed stability and front end cornering effectiveness.

Increasing the amount of positive caster will increase steering effort and straight line tracking, as well as improve high speed stability and cornering effectiveness. Positive caster also increases tire lean when cornering (almost like having more negative camber) as the steering angle is increased.

Camber angle: Camber is an angle that is set which you can actually see when looking at some vehicles. Camber is the tilt of the top of the tire according to how it sits on the road. If you are looking at a tire and the top appears to lean towards the engine then that is considered negative camber. If the tire leans away from the vehicle then that is considered positive camber.

This angle is typically set fairly close to straight up and down which would give you zero camber. This angle can be set on the front and the rear of most vehicles. When this is not in specification it will cause the inside edge of the tire (negative camber) or the outside edge of the tire (positive camber) to wear faster than the rest of the tread.

For street-driven vehicles, this means that tire wear and handling requirements must be balanced according to the driver’s needs. The goal is to use enough negative camber to provide good cornering performance while not requiring the tire to put too much of its load on the inner edge while traveling in a straight line. Less negative camber (until the tire is perpendicular to the road at zero camber) typically will reduce the cornering ability, but results in more even wear.

Axlefix can help you fix the camber and caster correction, Call jeff on 03 9305 3711 to book your next appointment

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