2 questions for you guys. First, i have a chilton/hayes book for my 97 dakota, The camber on the front passengers side is off, pretty badly to, its eating the tread right off the outside of my snow tires. The book doesnt really tell me how to go about adjusting the camber so any help there is great.
Second, my trucks been sitting for say 2 days, i just went out to move it so i could snowblow, i put my key in the ignition and it wouldnt turn, cant get it to turn at all, not to acc. not to start, nothing. The steering wheel is not locked, and i tried to turn it and the steering wheel will not lock. Any help for that, its kinda important. Thanks
Key is worn or wrong one if u have another dodge. if not and its the right key . its best to have a service dept look at it being the air bag is located in the center . camber : if it hasnt had shocks put on in awhile change them and have the front end realigned .
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Castor and camber are two separate adjustments.
Castor is how far the suspension strut leans forward or backwards and adjustment is very limited.
Camber is the tilt of the wheels top to bottom measured across the car. How far apart are the wheels at the top compared to the distance at the bottom. Adjustment depends on the suspension fitted. Like castor, camber adjustment can be limited. So work out which one it is you to adjust.
No, you don't need 15 degrees of negative camber. Most typical specs for camber on the front of a car are between 0.0' and ~ -2.5'.
Note: Cars with -2.0+ degrees of negative camber are usually performance cars like Porsches, Ferrari's, Mercedes AMG models, and so forth.
If you put on new struts the bottom bolt hole is oblong for camber adjustments.Where the old struts bottom hole was not. If you put a jack under the lower control arm, jack the wheel off the ground and adjust the struts camber to where the wheel looks straight.And tighten bolts.
If the car is stock then I would run the caster at .05 higher on the right than the left to adjust for the crown of the road. the front alignment looks good other than I am not sure which one is camber and which one is caster. To adjust the rear camber on these cars you have to have a camber kit. From the angle I am seeing you don't have a camber kit. Also the only way to adjust caster on the civic is to shift the sub frame.
New ball joints and tie rod ends should tighten up your front suspension nicely. Once you have those new parts installed, a good alignment shop should be able to get you spot on with camber, caster and toe-in. Only if you have bent components (control arms, for instance) would they not be able to get proper adjustments. But they should have been able to determine if you had that problem while checking your current alignment.
My 97 has a place in the dash under the radio to insert your ignition key where you can turn the passenger side airbag off. If I were you i wouldnt pull the fuse for it because it could tell the computer that there is a problem that could cause other problems. Just turn it off with your key.
Become an E BAY member.Notice and purchase one or two of the hundreds of Professional Mechanics Shop Manuels. There are real garage shop manuels for virtually every vehicle made for sale and fair prices. Search- "Shop Manuels", Professional Mechanics Guides". If you just want a very basic book they have paperback Chilton's, Hayes and others. Personally I'd get a Pro book.