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Old 09-10-2002, 12:53 AM
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Question 190E rear camber problem - worn-out struts?

I just noticed on my '90 190E 2.6 that the left rear wheel appears to have excessive negative (bottom of tire points outward) camber. I'm thinking this is due to 134K miles on the OEM struts. The right rear and both front tires appear normal, camber-wise. Is this normal for the W201 chassis to acquire negative rear camber as the struts wear-out? I plan on replacing the rear struts first, with Bilstein HD units. Then we'll see if the front struts go along with the change. I'm prepared to change the fronts if need be.
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Old 09-10-2002, 08:34 AM
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Rear wheel camber is supposed to be negative on all W201 chassis. Normal would be around -1.0deg. This is controlled by spring/ride height.
The "camber" strut is above the axle shaft(s) on both(each) side(s) & easy to check for wear.
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Old 09-10-2002, 11:30 PM
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There are no struts in the rear, just conventional type shock absorbers. Changing the shocks will not effect ride height or camber. The suspension links may be worn or the bushings in the lower control arm. Different spring pads are used to change ride height and are available at the dealer.
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Old 09-14-2002, 02:17 AM
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Ok, thanks. I haven't crawled under the vehicle, so I didn't know if the rear dampers were straight shocks or struts. I'll check out the bushings, install new Bilstein HD shocks, and see how it measures out.
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