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Old 10-25-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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!help! Rear wheel camber problem

so today was a pretty horrible day for the 330, i got a flat on my way to class with no spare, i finally got the car home and got the stock wheels on . And now to top of this wonderful day i was backing my car into my drive way and the car suddenly stopped as if the emergency brake was up, i tried to pull the e-brake and it wouldn't budge. i get out of the car and see my rear passenger wheel is cambered in at like a 35 degree angle Then i put the car in drive and it straightens out and the e-brake is back to normal what an amazing day. Someone please helpppp
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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You have to take the tire off and look.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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You have to take the tire off and look.
thank you captain obvious, i just wanted to see if anyone has had these symptoms before i lift the car up tomorrow.
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i've never heard of that... sounds like your trailing arm disconnected from its pocket somehow. just a guess
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:03 PM   #6
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ouch.

what led to this? tow truck driver did this? that trailing arm or other major control arm has gotta be totally busted. or the trailing arm mounting point may have failed from corrosion/stress
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:51 PM   #8
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That....that uh. Wow. That really sucks.
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OP all I can say is that you are so incredibly lucky that it happened in your driveway at <1mph.
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OP all I can say is that you are so incredibly lucky that it happened in your driveway at <1mph.
I know what An amazing day

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looks like someone strapped the car down using the lower control (camber arm) yikes! good thing is that's an EASY repair. you are lucky the trailing arm pocket didnt break.
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whew, brutal. imagine going on the highway with that happening...
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Where did you put the jack? Not on the jack pad, right?

You jacked from the control arm and broke it. My neighbor jacked his car from the control arm, and cut through the wire that goes to the speed sensor.

Sorry man, it sucks to be you these days. You should replace both control arms and the bushings. You only _have_ to replace the broken part, but smart money would replace the same part on the other side, and the bushings where the parts that move meet parts that do not move.

For future reference, the jackpads (which you should always use) are located forward of the rear tires where the fenderwell and the main part of the body come together, and under the hinge of the front doors straight down from the A-pillar.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:24 PM   #15
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Where did you put the jack? Not on the jack pad, right?

i only jack my car up from the jack pad i guess while i was backing into my driveway that wheel got up first and the stress cracked it , i just got the car in the air gonna attempt to fix this
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i only jack my car up from the jack pad i guess while i was backing into my driveway that wheel got up first and the stress cracked it , i just got the car in the air gonna attempt to fix this
hope you know you need an alignment afterwards
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