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Old 05-10-2001, 11:47 PM
Jason M.
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Hey All,

I ran a search on negative camber and didn't come up with anything that applied to a non-lowered vehicle.
Im afraid that I'm going to spend the money on a camber kit and I havent even lowered the car. When I first bought the car, I noticed a rear camber problem (after I bought it). So I put the car up on a lift and subjected it to further inspection. All of the bushings in the rear were worn(2 in each multilink arm). I changed the whole arms as I found them cheaper as an assembly online than just the bushings through the dealer. The springs were sagging and were replaced, as were the #3 factory spring pads at the same time I did the shocks. I've been under the car with a light and inspection mirror a dozen times trying to locate the problem and I don't think that it is the result of a collision. Has anyone else run across a camber problem like this? Its about neg 3 degrees and eats tires every 6 months. Im thinking that I might have to pull the rear subframe and inspect further.
If anyone is experiencing this or has , feel free to email me.
Thanks again

Jason M
1986 300E 90K miles

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Old 05-11-2001, 10:50 AM
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Wow, tires every six months? Even though the vehicle has not been lowered I would kick out the money for the camber kit. A one time cost of $300 would be cheaper than new tires every six months.

I don't know what would cause such a negative camber and would be curious myself to find out.

I hope you find your answer and good luck!
Brian W.

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01 CLK55 AMG Silver
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Old 05-11-2001, 11:29 AM
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I have many customers that wear out a set of tires every six months. They drive 80k+ a year.

If your tires are decent and you are wearing them out in less than 10k the camber is not the problem. Toe is the problem. If camber was the only problem the tires would only wear faster in relationship to the decreased tread profile. The tire will wear on the inside but no faster than it would anywhere else except for the smaller footprint. Toe problems scrub the rubber off.

BTW a good pot hole or going airborne can cause the bearing carrier to bend enough to have camber problems. The original camber link also was week and bent easily. The new one has been boxed. I think you said that it was replaced. The bearing carriers are way more expensive than the good camber adjusting kits. If I was at all worried I would install them.
Steve Brotherton
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Gainesville FL
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33 years MB technician
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Old 05-11-2001, 04:06 PM
Jason M.
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Thanks Steve, I'll check it out

Jason M.
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