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[Solved] Do vehicle's wheels eventually camber due to age?


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As vehicles age, does the way that suspension components wear on vehicles "naturally" cause vehicles to have negative camber as they age?


I've owned two classic cars now, and neither of them were restored let alone kept up very much at all, and I started to notice on my second (and current) classic, the wheels, mostly in the rear, have quite noticeable negative camber


Is this just what happens after a few decades? I imagine it's not due to potholes or a specific shock because the wear is identical for both sides of the front and back


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I've looked up other photos of the same model vehicle, and of course, the wheels front and back are perfectly straight


Unrelatedish I think my driver front suspension is compressed more as the vehicle always seems slightly lower on that side

This topic was modified 1 month ago by Kat Perhaps

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I don't see any camber at all in your photos.

What I see is sagged out rear end from worn springs.


It's very popular with the young crowd these days.

Laughter To Tears

I suppose I'm calling it camber to describe the ultimate visual result, since the suspension isn't just low, it's tilted. But yes!


Yes they often do now they're really old cars had adjustments you could make but the new ones of course don't and by new I mean anything from the seventies on


It depends on the car. Most classic American iron has a solid rear axle and the camber on the rear wheels in that case would never change unless the axle is bent.

Now if you have something like an early Corvair with swing-axle rear suspension, as the springs weaken with age and the rear end sits lower the camber of the rear wheels will change.

Like VWs and Porsches.

Posted by: @kat-perhaps

I'm calling it camber to describe the ultimate visual result

Camber is something else: sideways tilt