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Chevrolet Captiva Service & Repair Manual: Wheel Alignment Adjust

Front

Caster

Front caster is not adjustable. If front caster angle is not within specifications, inspect for suspension support misalignment or front suspension damage. Replace any damaged suspension components, as required.

Camber

Front suspension strut does not have to be removed from vehicle to perform following steps.
Move top of wheel in or out to proper specifications.
1. Position vehicle properly on an alignment rack.
2. Loosen both of front suspension strut nuts (1) enough to allow for movement, Fig. 1.
3. If front suspension strut needs to be modified, perform following steps, noting following:
  a. Remove tire and wheel assembly.
  b. Loosen, but do not remove upper front suspension strut bolt from knuckle.
  c. Remove lower front suspension strut bolt.
  d. Push front suspension strut inward and install front suspension strut bolt in bottom hole of knuckle. This will hold knuckle in place to allow lower hole to be enlarged.
  e. Enlarge outer flange hole (1) to match that of inner flange hole, using a file, Fig. 2.
  f. Remove lower front suspension strut bolt from knuckle.
  g. Install lower front suspension strut bolt and tighten both bolts.
4. Adjust front camber to specification, Fig. 3.
5. Install strut to knuckle nuts (1) and torque to 136 ft. lbs., Fig. 1.
6. Verify front camber adjustment specification and adjust again, as required.

Rear

Camber

1. Loosen upper control arm nut (2), Fig. 4.
2. Rotate upper control arm adjusting bolt (1), to adjust camber, Fig. 4.
3. Snug upper control arm nut (2), do not tighten at this time, Fig. 4.
4. Reinspect rear camber specifications and adjust, as required.
5. Hold upper control arm adjusting bolt (1), Fig. 4.
6. Torque upper control arm nut (2) to 121 ft. lbs., Fig. 4.
7. Repeat procedure for other rear wheel.

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Fig. 3

Fig. 4

Wheel alignment is crucial for the optimal performance and safety of vehicles like Chevrolet Captiva. Proper alignment ensures that the vehicle's wheels are positioned correctly relative to each other and the road surface. This includes adjusting the angles of camber, toe, and caster to the manufacturer's specifications. Wheel alignment impacts steering stability, tire wear, and overall handling. Regular alignment checks and adjustments are recommended to maintain vehicle safety and efficiency, especially after significant suspension work or when experiencing handling issues like pulling to one side or uneven tire wear. Professional technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to perform accurate wheel alignments, ensuring drivers enjoy a smooth and controlled driving experience.

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