SOME tyre shops are asking customers to change their original camber screws to
their own "adjustable" ones.
Is it necessary for all stock cars that undergo their first camber
Or is it just one of the dealers' tactics to earn extra income?
If it is meant to be adjustable, why didn't the manufacturer install an
adjustable one in the first place?
Almost all cars do not have adjustable
camber on the front, and this is for a very
Firstly, incorrectly set camber could
cause high tyre wear.
Secondly, the front end may end up
having too much grip resulting in an over-
steer condition which most average drivers
would be unable to handle if it happened
at high speeds.
It is worth noting that most if not all
car manufacturers set up the front end to understeer as the natural thing to do with
understeer is to turn the steering more or
lift off the throttle as this does not let the
rear end lose control.
Having said that, there are some cars that after high mileage or rough
road use have a problem with the front wheels developing negative camber due to the strut
towers bending inwards.
The correct procedure is to move the
towers back hydraulically to the correct
setting and then fitting so-called "strut-supports" to minimise this problem in the
The tyre/alignment shops caught on
to this and are recommending to all their
customers having certain brands of cars to
fit camber bolts on the front suspension
lower arm, so that if any adjustment has to
be done, it can be done using these offset
This is all right as long as the bolts are
made according to known test standards.
Unfortunately, many of these bits come
from backyard machine shops with no
guarantee of safety.
Anyway, this is only a "fix it" solution
that does not solve the real problem.