Changing a front bearing, modified the alignment

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Christian, Oct 15, 2003.

  1. Christian

    Christian Guest

    Plymouth Sundance 91.

    After changing the front bearing (driver side) I observed the
    alignment was modified.
    I kept the original steering knuckle and I change just the bearing.
    Is this normal? I should make again the alignment for the front
    wheels?

    I did the same thing on a Plymouth Voyager 89, but the alignment was
    not modified.

    Thanks for your reply,
    Christian
     
    Christian, Oct 15, 2003
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  2. Christian

    Neil Nelson Guest

    Pressed in bearing, or bolt in bearing?
    If pressed in and you removed the entire knuckle to do the
    pressing, then yes, you disturbed the camber adjustment
    which is the two bolts at the top of the knuckle where it
    fastens to the strut.
    You got lucky.
     
    Neil Nelson, Oct 15, 2003
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  3. in my 89 car, it did not effect the alligment, at least up to the point i
    can feel. If the hub left tilted, it might be the reason of it. thanks.
     
    ulas cosar coskun, Oct 16, 2003
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  4. Christian

    Christian Guest

    Pressed in bearing, or bolt in bearing?
    It is bolt in bearing. Indeed I removed the entire knuckle to do.
    Now the driver side wheel is a little oriented to exterior , dragging
    to the left and when I am driving I have to force the steering wheel
    to the right to compensate.

    I need to readjust the two bolt in order to put back the alignment
    (camber adjustment). How should I move them to come to the normal
    camber adjustment, up or down?

    Thanks in advance,
    Christian
     
    Christian, Oct 16, 2003
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  5. Christian

    Neil Nelson Guest

    It is bolt in bearing. Indeed I removed the entire knuckle to do.
    Now the driver side wheel is a little oriented to exterior , dragging
    to the left and when I am driving I have to force the steering wheel
    to the right to compensate.

    I need to readjust the two bolt in order to put back the alignment
    (camber adjustment). How should I move them to come to the normal
    camber adjustment, up or down?[/QUOTE]

    Best to have the proper equipment attached so that the
    alignment angles can be properly set.
    IOWs, you need an alignment.
     
    Neil Nelson, Oct 16, 2003
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  6. Christian

    Bill Putney Guest

    I'd say it's mandatory. When camber changes, the toe also changes.
    Camber itself being off a little isn't going to hurt too much, but if
    the toe is off, you're going to wear the tires out in a hurry. The fact
    that the steering wheel is off center now tells me things are changed -
    mostly toe. Whatever you think you're saving by not getting an
    alignment is going to go for new tires before too long (also known as
    being penny wise and dollar foolish).

    Bill Putney
    (to reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with "x")
     
    Bill Putney, Oct 17, 2003
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