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Old 12-10-2002, 06:09 PM
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Rear Wheel Camber, 240D

Please forgive me if this is something that has been discussed and I missed it. I'm new here since my son has recently purchased a 1983 240D. I've done some searching around the site, but have not come up with anything specific to my problem.

The car is in surprisingly good condition, except for one very odd characteristic: the left rear wheel has excessive positive camber (i.e. tire rides on inside of tread, i.e. wheel leans inward at top).

I have long experience with front end alignment but only on American cars, The MB independent rear suspension is something new to me. I did jack up the car and have a look around. Aside from some rust-through (!) on the lower portions of the control arm, everything looks fine, i.e. nothing obviously bent or deformed.
Are there adjustments for this? Or is something just bent or worn.

Thank you in advance!


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Old 12-10-2002, 06:51 PM
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Hi Tom, start looking around for a control arm. I've seen a bunch of 123's and 126's with this problem. You may be shocked to find out how much those things cost. There is no adjustment for camber or toe on the rear of your sons' car. Good luck
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Old 12-11-2002, 03:34 PM
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You say " I've seen a bunch of 123's and 126's with this problem. "

What problem?
The misaligned wheel?
The rusted control arm? It doesn't appear to be deformed or bent in any way obvious to the eye.

I've fixed a lot of cars in my day, in fact was ASE Master certified until recently (but alas no foreign cars). I have never seen a case where one just rips out a control arm and replaces it to cure a misaligned wheel, unless the car has been in a collision.


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