Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pantera 1973-74 Wheel Alignment Repair Guide


Before attempting to check or adjust wheel alignment, make sure tires are properly inflated. Refer to manufacturer's specifications given in owner's manual.

NOTE - Vehicle must be loaded to simulate normal road condition, before attempting to check or adjust wheel alignment.

Caster angle is not adjustable. If caster angle is not within specifications, inspect suspension system for wear or damage and repair or replace components as necessary.

Front - With normal loaded condition simulated, measure camber angle. If adjustment is necessary, loosen bolts on upper control arm ball joint. Move ball joint in or out to obtained specified angle. Tighten bolts.

Rear - If rear camber angle is not to specifications, adjust by adding or removing an equal number of shims between lower control arm attaching bracket and the frame. NOTE - An equal number of shims must be added or removed at both attaching brackets.

Front - Set wheels in straight-ahead position and measure toe-in. If adhustment is necessary, loosen lock nuts on steering link (tie rods) adjusting sleeves. Rotate each sleeve on equal amount until correct toe-in is obtained. NOTE - After adjustment, both steering links (tie rods) should be of equal length.

Rear - Back vehicle onto alignment machine, and note that a toe-out condition will be indicated. If adjustment is necessary, loosen lower control arm attaching bracket both and insert horseshoe shims behind lower control arm attaching bracket. NOTE - After adjusting toe-in, thickness of shims should be about equal on each side of vehicle.