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Old 05-11-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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My right rear wheel is messed up. Its pointing toward the inside of the car a little. Is there anyway to fix it? No accident I'm very confused
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:29 PM   #2
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Does it feel like something is wrong with it?

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Old 05-11-2013, 11:49 PM   #3
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Nothing feels wrong it just looks wrong a couple people told me I'll take a picture soon but is there a way to fix it
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:27 PM   #4
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Does not sound like caster. By your description more like camber or maybe the toe is off. Could be the trailing arm came loose or something is bent or you have a seriously bad bushing.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:04 AM   #5
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I'm with Dave, caster is the imaginary line between your upper and lower ball joints when viewed from the X-Z plane of the vehicle (from the side). In the rear, caster plays little to no significance, as the rear wheels do not steer. Also with Dave, it seems like you're talking about camber (you'd probably notice a visible discrepancy in toe). Either your rear right wheel has excessive negative camber or your rear left wheel doesn't have enough, hence the asymmetry. Assuming undamaged components, it should be repairable with a simple alignment. Excessive camber leads to excessive tire wear, and in extreme cases, enough camber thrust to cause the rear end of the car to exhibit strange, asymmetric handling (doubt you'd notice it really). The issue isn't urgent, but you can save some tire money with an alignment.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:53 PM   #6
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thanks for the help guys...

I still need to take it in to a shop to get it checked out
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