Are shims needed for alignment?

Are shims needed for alignment?

Are shims needed for alignment?

Alignment shims are used to correct misaligned components when it’s not necessary or even recommended to replace these components. If your alignment cannot be brought back to spec with alignment shims, you may need to replace other components before your vehicle drives straight and true.

Can you adjust caster with shims?

A safe starting point for caster is 2 to 3 degrees of positive caster. Positive caster is achieved by either adding shims to the rear bolt or removing shims from the front attachment point for the upper control arm. This will probably affect camber, so you will want to check it again after modifying the caster.

How do you put shims on a car?

Apply the shim to the back of the brake pad. Most shims are self-adhesive. Remove the protective paper from the shim’s adhesive surface and press firmly onto the back of the pad. The shim should be placed so that the piston contacts the middle of the shim.

How are shims used?

Plain and simple, a shim is a tapered wedge used for making slight adjustments to home elements, such as door frames and windows, to make them plumb and level. The most common shims are wood (often cut from cedar or pine) and serve well for almost any interior adjustment.

Do you adjust caster or camber first?

With front-end alignments, correct caster and camber adjustments first. Certain FWD vehicles do not offer caster adjustments, but correcting the camber may bring the caster within specs.

Can you adjust camber with shims?

When two shims (one from each bolt) of the same thickness are installed or removed, camber is adjusted. If the shims are of different thicknesses, both caster and camber will be affected.

Do all starters need shims?

If you start your car without a shim, your car may sound like starter cranks and loud sound. You need to use a shim to avoid noises that the starter emits. There may be the many reasons for the starter noise including the starter may be too far or too close to flywheel teeth, loose mounting bolts and much more.