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    Hunter Wheel Alignment

    After getting new tyres put on last Friday, and seeing the additional wear on the inner shoulders of the old ones. I got a four-wheel alignment check done today. The nearest Hunter-equipped place is a BMW motorsport specialist about half a mile from the house. I took it in first thing this morning, and they did it on the spot; it took about an hour and a half. I've got a before and after printout; there was quite a lot in the red zone before, mostly front and rear toe.

    Now, everything is in the green zone, bar one exception, the left front camber. It's at -1.30 (correct setting is -1.05 with 0.23 tolerance so it's 0.02 outside maximum tolerance), but front camber is non-adjustable. Short of moving the subframe or fitting adjustable control arms, I'm stuck with it.

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    Had the same sort of outcome on mine, I believe the upper control arm bushes may be worn which is causing the camber to be pushed out of tolerance. Although saying that, 0.02 is barely anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A4_MaJiK View Post
    Although saying that, 0.02 is barely anything.
    I'm kinda thinking that way too. Let's hope we're right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdp1962 View Post
    I'm kinda thinking that way too. Let's hope we're right.

    Similar issues with my 2.0tdi.
    Wheel alignment man says its a common problem on the A4,A6 , Passats and now showing up on the A5's.
    I am just living with it as it looks a potentially expensive and time consumming issue to sort.

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    On the Passat B5.5 it is possible to move the subframe to balance up the camber readings across both sides, I presume it's the same on the Audi.
    If it's on one side only and quite a bit the car may have found a kerb at some time in the winter which has knocked it out.
    1.3 degrees is not excessive and a bit of camber helps turn in. As long as the tyre wear is reasonable I wouldn't worry about it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by desertstorm View Post
    On the Passat B5.5 it is possible to move the subframe to balance up the camber readings across both sides, I presume it's the same on the Audi.
    Yeah, that's what the guy at BMSport said.
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    JDP, You're on lowering springs? This'll introduce a bit of negative camber.

    As long as your toe settings are now correct and within tolerance, you should see a heck of a lot less inner shoulder wear
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    This was my 'before' printout. I'd fitted the 45mm H&R springs and B5 perches a few weeks prior..

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