Doing basic car maintenance at home can save you a bundle, whether you just need an oil change or you're fine tuning your car's alignment. Tuning the camber on a Honda Civic, however, can be fairly tricky. Honda Civics do not have the ability for camber adjustment built in from the factory, so an aftermarket camber-adjustment kit must be purchased and installed first. Even then, getting the precision necessary in a home garage can be tricky.
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Things you need
- Camber adjustment kit
- Box of linoleum tiles
- Table salt
- Alignment tool
Park your car on your intended work surface. Mark where all four tires are and remove your car. Place a linoleum tile at each location.
Park your car back on top of the tiles and use the alignment tool to measure the height of each individual tire. Back the car out and add tiles to raise the wheels that need it. Each tile is roughly 1/8 inch. Repeat this process until the tires are all level with each other.
Back the car out one last time and spread table salt between all of the tiles. This will allow the tiles to slip and slide as you make adjustments.
Have a professional shop install your aftermarket camber-adjustment kit. This saves you the hassle of having to undo suspension components but also ensures that the kit is on correctly.
Park your car on your now-levelled garage surface. Bounce the suspension a couple of times to settle it.
Place the alignment tool against each tire and make adjustments by turning the bolts on the camber kit. Make these adjustments slowly and in small increments, rotating from tire to tire after each small adjustment.
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