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Rear Camber on the Ragged Edge
Sorry for the long story, but some specifics are necessary before I ask the question.
The rear camber (particularly on the right) on our 2009 RAV4 Limited has gotten progressively worse since the vehicle was purchased in December 2008. We purchased a lifetime alignment agreement from Firestone at around 10,000. The odometer now reads just over 80,000. The vehicle has had a 4 -wheel alignment, along with tire balance and rotation, performed every 5,000 miles. The printouts of the final specs of each alignment performed indicate the progressive worsening on the rear camber. We took the RAV to the dealer, showed them the printouts, and they changed a suspension arm and both shocks for free. That action was performed about 15,000 miles ago. The new parts brought the rear camber back into specs, but no where close to 0.00. Now the rear camber is now again on the ragged edge, sitting at -1.7 unloaded. With the vehicle on the alignment rack, a 200 - lb. person can hang off of the trailer hitch and move the rear camber to -2.0 or more. I can only assume that loading the vehicle with 4 adults and/or connecting a trailer would move the specs more into the negative range. With a range of -1.7 to 0.3, the optimal setting should be -1.0. At this point, I'd be happy with -1.1 to -1.4, just to get off the edge.
So, the questions are:
How many of you on this forum have experienced this problem?
Does Toyota have a fix in the works for this problem?
Last edited by abuela77; 10-03-2013 at 01:25 AM.