Camber adjustment

saturn
vue

#1

Any idea on total camber adjustment for 02 vue? I removed knuckle to get a stubborn wheel bearing out and I see that there are no eccentric camber bolts on the knuckle. But there is a slight bit of play when the 2 knuckle bolts are loose. Most folks say the front camber on most cars is not adjustable. I figure there is 1-2 degrees of movement if u really push/pull knuckle . So, do I need an alignment check after this job?


#2

Nope.

Just put it all back together.

No camber adjustment to worry about.

Tester


#3

I lifted 1 wheel off ground and let wheel spin at idle. Driver side was quiet. Pass side was GRIND. Last week or so it was moaning a bit. Seemed the same left/right turn. Until today. Went from kinda annoying to “fix it now”.


#4

Hondas adjust camber in the way you describe. They even have special “adjusting bolts” that have smaller shanks for more movement, if necessary.


#5

The Vue, as are most strut cars, are “net-build”. That means bolt it together and forget it. The factory lets it hang against the slop when they tighten.

A racer’s trick is to place a jack under each wheel hub before tightening and apply some force and THEN tighten the 2 bolts to give an extra 1/2 degree of negative camber. Or, you can also file out the holes just a bit (3/16’s inch) to add or subtract camber if the car has sagged a bit or to correct crash damage. They have smaller bolts or some with eccentrics built in for the same purpose.


#6

vue seemed to track straight until I changed broken rear spring a few weeks ago. now it has a slight drift to the left. I have had it for several months and it has had highway drone/rumble since I got it. letting 1 wheel spin really pinpointed the noisy bearing. vs a cv joint or trans output noise?


#7

Had to borrow an axle puller to get splined axle out of bearing. Pretty stubborn. Spun wheel again. Yes it’s less noisy. Didn’t drive it though. Maybe today.