11-09-2015, 08:15 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Los Gatos, California
Total Cats: -1
Caster issue - only 3.5 on left, but 5 on right: what is problem
Went to get car aligned.
Its 1993 LE with FCM coilovers.
Goal was most camber on front, most caster, and some intelligent amount of toe.
To my total pleasure, -3 degrees was achieved very quickly at max camber setting, both front sides.
All stock bushings (57K miles, clean Northern California occasional driver).
When adjusting toe, problem: Caster dropped on driver (left side) to 3.5 degrees.
Right side was able to achieve 5 degrees.
He tried to figure out why, adjusting, but no go.
No accident history, nothing is "obvious".
What is your first impulse?
Lower control arm?
I find it strange that such beefy front arm would bend at all?
And I wonder if the bushings on left can degrade to cause this? They are little more stressed in cornering as we always go right (leaning on the left side) on on ramps, off ramps.
Rear camber is 0.3 degrees less. He dialed both sides to 3.5 caster..but I want to fix it to get 5 both sides.
Thank you for suggestions.