Repairing the camber on a Jeep Patriot will only be necessary if the car's ride height has been altered from its factory setting. Camber is the angle at which the tires sit perpendicular to the ground. For example, looking at them straight on from the front of the vehicle, the camber of the vehicle's tires will show you whether your wheels/tires are straight. Example: Illustration 1: | | Illustration 2: \ / Illustration 3: / \ If the camber is out of alignment, as in the last two illustrations, excessive tire wear will result.
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Things you need
- Tire wrench
- Camber adjustment kit (contains new bolts and shims to adjust camber)
- 4 ton jack with jack stands
- 3/8-inch socket wrench with socket set
- Torque wrench
Loosen the lug nuts on both of the rear wheels using the tire wrench. Do not remove the lug nuts. You are just trying to "break" them loose while they are on the ground because it will be very difficult to loosen them when the tires are off the ground if they are fully torqued.
Put the car in first gear (or if it is an automatic, it will be in park) and jack the car off the ground. Make sure you use the jack point on the rear of the Jeep. Place the jack stands under the pinch welds in the rear of the car.
Lower the Jeep onto the jack stands and check to make sure the vehicle is stable. To do this, you will need to make sure that the full weight of the vehicle is on the jack stands. Visually inspect the jack stands to make sure that it looks secure. Then, very gently, push the side and front of the vehicle to make sure the car does not "wobble."
Remove the lug nuts and wheels from both sides.
Unbolt the factory camber bolt that is bolted into the body/frame of the vehicle on the driver's side. It will be located in the upper part of the wheel well.
Insert the new camber bolt and tighten to the torque specs with your torque wrench according to the manufacturer's recommendation (it varies depending on the year your Jeep was made).
Repeat the process in steps 5 and 6 for the other side.
Lower the car to the ground.
Tips and warnings
- Although you can try to "eyeball" the camber adjustment, the only accurate way to do this is by taking it to an alignment shop.
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