I just replaced the upper/lower ball joints. I checked the manual and it reads @ the camber and the caster+/- 20 degrees , 30', what does this mean?


Asked by Feb 22, 2007 at 10:16 PM about the 1970 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Now the tires are straight, up and down, instead of being in an angle, with the top being out  and the bottom being in . My question being this, what do I adjust, the steering knuckle and the torsion bar or is it something totally different.

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Dear nuowner1970vw-- When you replaced the ball joints on your 1970 Volkswagen Beetle (I had a brand new orange one back then) you must follow that up with an alignment. The alignment will restore the various suspension angles to settings recommended by the manufacturer. It is usually a simple procedure that involves some sophisticated equipment that the average do-it-yourselfer has no access to. I would recommend taking it to a professional. It is not very expensive. For a complete explanation of alignment, you might want to check out http://www.tirerack.com/tires-techpage-1/4.shtml. Good luck from Bovan.

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