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Old 12 Feb 2004, 12:26 am
Michael Lanchester
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Default Honda CRV 03 - Front Wheel Camber Adjustment

My 2003 V has had a slight drift to the left at 100-120 km/h.

I just had a service and requested a wheel alignment. The mechanical
advised that the toe-in was perfect on all wheels but the camber (vertical
alignment) explained the drift.

The camber was within acceptable tolerences but both front wheels had a
slight lean to the left causing the drift.

Ascii art shows: --------------- <-- Bonnett /hood
\ ---------- \ <--- wheels
============ <--- ground

I was advised that it was not possible to adjust the camber on the CRV. I
know that this is a problem on older cars but on a 2003 Honda ! To adjust
the camber requires an aftermarket kit which includes a eccentric bolt
(monroe - camber magic).

Has anyone else had a similar problem and/or solution.
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Old 12 Feb 2004, 08:35 pm
George Macdonald
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Default Re: Honda CRV 03 - Front Wheel Camber Adjustment

On Thu, 12 Feb 2004 16:26:07 +1000, "Michael Lanchester"
<michael@remove_this_ronrumble.com.au> wrote:

>My 2003 V has had a slight drift to the left at 100-120 km/h.
>
>I just had a service and requested a wheel alignment. The mechanical
>advised that the toe-in was perfect on all wheels but the camber (vertical
>alignment) explained the drift.
>
>The camber was within acceptable tolerences but both front wheels had a
>slight lean to the left causing the drift.
>
>Ascii art shows: --------------- <-- Bonnett /hood
> \ ---------- \ <--- wheels
> ============ <--- ground
>
>I was advised that it was not possible to adjust the camber on the CRV. I
>know that this is a problem on older cars but on a 2003 Honda ! To adjust
>the camber requires an aftermarket kit which includes a eccentric bolt
>(monroe - camber magic).
>
>Has anyone else had a similar problem and/or solution.


I recall getting a similar "within tolerance" story from a VW dealer years
ago. I let the guy know I was really pissed - told him that tolerance was
what is applicable to wear on a used car, not one which is less than a year
old. He fixed it under warranty. Given the grief that Honda has had with
their strut front suspension, with upgraded wider bore struts, I'd push for
a warranty "repair" on this. Tell them you feel the car is dangerous as is
and if they don't bite, get on to NHTSA et.al. and report this as a safety
issue.

Rgds, George Macdonald

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Old 13 Feb 2004, 06:19 am
Chip Stein
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Default Re: Honda CRV 03 - Front Wheel Camber Adjustment

George Macdonald <fammacd=!SPAM^nothanks@tellurian.com> wrote in message news:<mhdo20t4mqb4feb6te58ogqbron7b1f9lk@4ax.com>. ..
> On Thu, 12 Feb 2004 16:26:07 +1000, "Michael Lanchester"
> <michael@remove_this_ronrumble.com.au> wrote:
>
> >My 2003 V has had a slight drift to the left at 100-120 km/h.
> >
> >I just had a service and requested a wheel alignment. The mechanical
> >advised that the toe-in was perfect on all wheels but the camber (vertical
> >alignment) explained the drift.
> >
> >The camber was within acceptable tolerences but both front wheels had a
> >slight lean to the left causing the drift.
> >
> >Ascii art shows: --------------- <-- Bonnett /hood
> > \ ---------- \ <--- wheels
> > ============ <--- ground
> >
> >I was advised that it was not possible to adjust the camber on the CRV. I
> >know that this is a problem on older cars but on a 2003 Honda ! To adjust
> >the camber requires an aftermarket kit which includes a eccentric bolt
> >(monroe - camber magic).
> >



please post the specs the alignment shop gave you. at least caster
and camber. toe doesn't cause a pull.
Chip
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Old 16 Feb 2004, 02:27 pm
ROCKYCOW
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Default Re: Honda CRV 03 - Front Wheel Camber Adjustment

There is a camber adjusting bolt that can be ordered one for each side. This
permits some adjustment of the camber. The service manual confirms this. Make
them order the bolts and do it under warranty.,
rockycow
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