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Front Wheel - Castor/Camber???

Sorry for the confusing title of this post and my potentially dumb question, but I know virtually nothing about steering/suspension. I've got an'84 CJ7 with no lift and stock steering and suspension.

Anyway, looking at the front of my truck on a level surface, the driver's side wheel is slightly tilted toward the truck at the bottom. The other wheel looks level. Is this a worn knuckle or simply something that can be adjusted? It worries me because I do a lot of highway driving and this could be a safety issue.
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Re: Front Wheel - Castor/Camber???

Make sure your wheels are straight before eye-balling it. Kick the tire real good at the top and see if you hear/feel any play. If you do, have someone else shove the top of the tire (parallel to the axle) while you get under there and look for what's moving. It's a start...
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Re: Front Wheel - Castor/Camber???

What you're looking is camber positive if it's out at the top.

Caster can't be seen, but think of it in relationship to a caster on the front of a grocery cart. A line through the steering axis is tilted forward at the bottom, so that it meets the road ahead of the center of the tire. That's positive caster.

Your eyes will play tricks looking at that stuff. Better to go to an alignment shop to find out what you really have.

Otherwise you should: First make sure that the wheels are true - jack them off the ground and spin them. Next make sure that the Jeep is on a level surface - not easy to find. Then make sure the wheels are straight ahead. Now you can put a level on the tire, vertical sidewall to sidewall, and get a rough idea of the camber.
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Re: Front Wheel - Castor/Camber???

check your wheel bearings on that side

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Try here:

http://aligncraft.com/terms/terms.html

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Re: Front Wheel - Castor/Camber???

Great stuff guys, thanks.

One other question related to wheel bearings. I've heard they should be repacked about every year. It's been about a year, but I've only put about 6K miles on it, is this something that should be done every year or every 10-12K?
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