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I keep having to replace wheels on my car.... the wheels are wearing unevenly i took it to a guy and he says the that there is a bar under there that keeps the wheels strait up and that bar is bent so my wheels lean like this /---- instead of this |----| can someone tell me if i can bend those out or if i can tell me the name of the bars so i can price them...thanks

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  • Tijuan Wortham Nov 26, 2009

    Sorry i forgot to mention that this is happining only in the rear wheels

  • Tijuan Wortham Nov 26, 2009

    i forgot to mention that its happening in the rear wheels...

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If you are talking about vertical cant, better known as camber, I seriously doubt being able to bend anything. This sounds more of a spring problem. Was this vehicle ever launched or lowered? Your best bet is to take it to an alugnment shop and have it evaluated. It would take alot to bentanything on the front end. Good Luck

Posted on Nov 26, 2009

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Was your car in a wreck since you have own it?
that would be the only way anyone could bend steering or suspension parts.if your tires are leaning out on top,
it would be a part called"lower control arm assembly",
if you stand in front of your car with the steering wheel straight,and your tires are pointing in on each side,or pointed out instead of straight,that would be a "tie rod "
there is an inner tie rod and an outer tie rod end.
you need to take your car to a shop that does alignments,and have them tell you exactly what is wrong,you can even get lower control arm assemblies
from a salvage yard.but do yourself a favor and don't take your car to a MONROE or MIDAS type shop,they are only there to sell and make commissions! Find a normal shop that the owner is the mechanic.

Posted on Nov 26, 2009

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Their are a few bars in the front end of a car the longest being the center link which hooks up to the spindles and steering arm as well as the idler arm--next are the tie rods that are used to adjust the wheels-also are upper and lower control arms cant bend center link also any bent part should be replaced a lot of pressure is on the front end and a bad part failure could be injurious if not deadly have the vehicle taken to a reliable front end /alignment shop might not be any bent parts but may need to be adjusted

Posted on Nov 26, 2009

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Take the car to an alignment shop and have the car's 4 wheel realigned. They are adjustable and if there is any part that needs to be replaced, they can advise you and most places only charge an average $65.00 for the alignment. Speedy Muffler has a alignment rack and can fix your problem. Good luck and keep me posted. Note, there should be a lean on the wheels to keep the car going down the road straight, it's the tow setting that needs to be adjusted.

If you know anything about wheel alignment, you've probably heard the terms Camber, Caster and Toe-in.
Camber Camber is the angle of the wheel, measured in degrees, when viewed from the front of the vehicle. If the top of the wheel is leaning out from the center of the car, then the camber is positive ,if it's leaning in, then the camber is negative. If the camber is out of adjustment, it will cause tire wear on one side of the tire's tread. If the camber is too far negative, for instance, then the tire will wear on the inside of the tread.
If the camber is different from side to side it can cause a pulling problem. The vehicle will pull to the side with the more positive camber. On many front-wheel-drive vehicles, camber is not adjustable. If the camber is out on these cars, it indicates that something is worn or bent, possibly from an accident and must be repaired or replaced.

Caster
When you turn the steering wheel, the front wheels respond by turning on a pivot attached to the suspension system. Caster is the angle of this steering pivot, measured in degrees, when viewed from the side of the vehicle. If the top of the pivot is leaning toward the rear of the car, then the caster is positive, if it is leaning toward the front, it is negative. If the caster is out of adjustment, it can cause problems in straight line tracking. If the caster is different from side to side, the vehicle will pull to the side with the less positive caster. If the caster is equal but too negative, the steering will be light and the vehicle will wander and be difficult to keep in a straight line. If the caster is equal but too positive, the steering will be heavy and the steering wheel may kick when you hit a bump. Caster has little affect on tire wear. The best way to visualize caster is to picture a shopping cart caster. The pivot of this type of caster, while not at an angle, intersects the ground ahead of the wheel contact patch. When the wheel is behind the pivot at the point where it contacts the ground, it is in positive caster. Picture yourself trying to push the cart and keep the wheel ahead of the pivot. The wheel will continually try to turn from straight ahead. That is what happens when a car has the caster set too far negative. Like camber, on many front-wheel-drive vehicles, caster is not adjustable. If the caster is out on these cars, it indicates that something is worn or bent, possibly from an accident, and must be repaired or replaced.
Toe-in
The toe measurement is the difference in the distance between the front of the tires and the back of the tires. It is measured in fractions of an inch in the US and is usually set close to zero which means that the wheels are parallel with each other. Toe-in means that the fronts of the tires are closer to each other than the rears. Toe-out is just the opposite. An incorrect toe-in will cause rapid tire wear to both tires equally. This type of tire wear is called a saw-tooth wear pattern. If the sharp edges of the tread sections are pointing to the center of the car, then there is too much toe-in. If they are pointed to the outside of the car then there is too much toe-out. Toe is always adjustable on the front wheels and on some cars, is also adjustable for the rear wheels.

Four-Wheel Alignments
There are two main types of 4-wheel alignments. In each case, the technician will place an instrument on all four wheels. In the first type the rear toe and tracking is checked, but all adjustments are made at the front wheels. This is done on vehicles that do not have adjustments on the rear. The second type is a full 4-wheel alignment where the adjustments are first made to true up the rear alignment, then the front is adjusted. A full 4-wheel alignment will cost more than the other type because there is more work involved.



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SOURCE: UPDATE---I keep having to replace the REAR wheels

Do NOT try and bend them back. There are a few differant "arms" under there. I'm gonna guess and say you have bent the tracking arms while hitting a curb. (thats the most common thing) Good luck and don't forget to get a 4 wheel alighnment after it's all fixed up!

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