2002 Camry-4 Automatic

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Old 21 Mar 2009, 10:15 am   #1 (permalink)
mred
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Default 2002 Camry-4 Automatic

I just had my Camry in for a front end alignment .yes, it was
wandering a bit.

I just wanted a front wheel alignment but they said I needed a 4 wheel
alignment because of the independant rear suspension as opposed to a
solid axle as per the Corrola.

As it turned out the left rear wheel and the left front was out a bit
(lots of unavoidable potholes this year.)

According to the printout I got the right side was ok.

The alignment cost me $99.95 Canadian ..........Im in Ontario.

And yes the car handles much better now .

The question I have is : Is a rear wheel alignment really neccessary?

I have been driving autos and working on them myself for 60 years and
this is the FIRST time I ever heard of a rear wheel alignment
problem .

At first I thought it was another gimmick to fleece the customer ?
Am I right or wrong here ?

Any comments are sincerely appreciated and TIA.
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Old 24 Mar 2009, 08:25 pm   #2 (permalink)
johngdole@hotmail.com
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Default Re: 2002 Camry-4 Automatic

I think the cambers and casters are no longer adjustable. however, toe-
ins front and rear should be. So yes, with 4-wheel indep suspension
you need a 4-wheel alignment.

In the US we can find shops for about $60 on a good Hunter alignment
machine. should be recently calibrated.


On Mar 21, 8:15*am, mred <m...@295.ca> wrote:
> I just had my Camry in for a front end alignment .yes, it was
> wandering a bit.
>
> I just wanted a front wheel alignment but they said I needed a 4 wheel
> alignment because of the independant rear suspension as opposed to a
> solid axle as per the Corrola.
>
> As it turned out the left rear wheel and the left front was out a bit
> (lots of unavoidable potholes this year.)
>
> According to the printout I got the right side was ok.
>
> The alignment cost me $99.95 Canadian ..........Im in Ontario.
>
> And yes the car handles much better now .
>
> The question I have is : Is a rear wheel alignment really neccessary?
>
> I have been driving autos and working on them myself for 60 years and
> this is the FIRST time I ever heard of a rear wheel alignment
> problem .
>
> At first I thought it was another gimmick to fleece the customer ?
> Am I right or wrong here ?
>
> Any comments are sincerely appreciated and TIA.


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