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Old 07-21-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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My finance took her 95 Corolla in to get aligned. They told her that they wouldn't be able to do the alignment because the camber bolts were to far worn, and it would cost her $200 to do that and align the front and rear suspension. She wasn't sure what they were talking about so I didn't get all the details. Dose this sound right or are they trying to pull the wool over her eyes
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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What usually happens is rust-welded camber bolt. This requires replacement. Although, I'm fairly sure that a '95 Corolla doesn't have adjustable camber. Usually a car like this only have adjustable toe.

As an alternative, bring the car to another place and see if it's the same case.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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it has struts so wouldn't the adjustment be in the strut tower, not the control arm.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I seriously doubt the strut tower has slots to allow camber adjustment. Only a handful of cars have adjustable camber from the factory.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Camber bolts for this car are $20.99 over the counter at O'Reilly's, so the shop will probably charge $40. I don't know what the alignment runs at this shop, but around here you usually pay $65 for a 4-wheel alignment. So we're up to $105 for the alignment and parts, which leaves $95 for labor. That seems a little high, but oftentimes shops will pad their labor estimates when dealing with rusty parts since they don't know how much trouble they might have getting the old parts off.

I'd get a second opinion, but I don't think they're all that far out of line.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Get your woman in a new car, that's a 16 year old car!
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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My finance took her 95 Corolla in to get aligned. They told her that they wouldn't be able to do the alignment because the camber bolts were to far worn, and it would cost her $200 to do that and align the front and rear suspension. She wasn't sure what they were talking about so I didn't get all the details. Dose this sound right or are they trying to pull the wool over her eyes
Let me guess - chain garage? See if you can't find a good indy shop and see what they say, post up in your local area forum and ask which shop(s) are good.

As noted, the camber bolts don't wear, they may seize due to rust, but you would have to be adjusting the camber daily for a long time to actually wear them.

Some cars have adjustable camber and some don't - most BMW don't, 1980's VW cars do - typically there are 2 bolts holding the front wheel bearing carrier or steering knuckle to the strut, usually the top one is the adjustable one if there is an adjustment.

If the car is wearing tires normally, probably you don't need the alignment adjusted anyway.

FWIW for FWD you need to be rotating the tires reasonably often, and if you do that, if the alignment is off, but not too bad, you will get reasonable service life out of the tires anyway.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Here.
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Get your woman in a new car, that's a 16 year old car!
Yeah, and throw in a diamond ring and a fur coat as well.

(damn rich people )

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