Q: Back wheels bow out at bottom

asked by on January 02, 2017

Rear wheels are not straight bow out at bottom in at top. Both rear wheels.

My car has 98000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Front or rear wheels can bow out for a number of reasons. In alignment terms, we call this negative camber. Camber is the angle of the wheels when looking straight at them from the front or rear. When the tops of the wheels are leaning in - and the bottoms are bowed out - this is negative camber. Camber and other alignment angles can be out of specifications due to worn or bent components such as control arms, wheel hubs, or weak components such as springs or shocks/struts. The job of the springs is to support the weight of the vehicle and maintain proper height The shocks/struts assist the springs to give a comfortable and controlled ride. Springs can weaken with age and allow the vehicle to sag a bit. When it sags, this changes alignment angles. To get an idea of what is causing this, take the vehicle to a good alignment facility. Not only can they check the alignment specs, they can check for worn or bent suspension components. Also, they can measure the height of the vehicle and compare the measurements to factory specifications.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

How long does it take for a person to put a distributor in a Chevy Caprice 4.3

Hi there. It's very difficult to estimate repair time without seeing the vehicle or how many ancillary components need to be removed in order to replace a damaged component. A distributor specifically can be time consuming to remove and correctly...

Charging system warning light.

Hi There, This indicates you may have a faulty alternator that is not properly maintaining the charge in your battery. 11.7 and 11.3 are pretty low and definitely suggest that either battery is bad or the alternator is not charging...

cost of maniverter

Depending on the engine you have this price would be pretty close if both of them are being replaced. If this is for only one then it is high. You can get each manivertor online for less than $500 each...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu
While While many people thought that Toyota and Honda had taken over the mid-size family sedan market with models like the Camry and the Accord, Chevrolet surprised the whole market with the Malibu. Available with either a four- our six-cylinder...
2012 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2012 Dodge Ram: Which One Should I Buy?
When you are looking for a way to get a load of mulch or gravel, or need to haul a large trailer or boat behind your vehicle, chances are you are looking for a truck. Trucks are not meant to...
Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2016
Ford F-series pickup trucks, Toyota Camry, and Honda Civic are some of the best-selling cars of 2016 and all deliver on reliability and efficiency.