What Does Volvo Wheel Camber And Caster Mean?

You probably don’t know this but your Volvo cannot turn left or right without a camber. To better understand what it is and what it does, you have to use an illustration. Place all your weight, as much as you can, on the outer part of your feet. This is what experts refer to as positive camber. Do the exact opposite and place all your weight, as much as you can, on the inner part of your feet. Experts refer to that as negative camber. The same concept is used in the automotive industry. Positive camber is primarily used for stability, while negative camber is used in high performance vehicles which call for astute cornering. Read on to learn more.

How Cambers Differ Across Other Vehicles Apart From Volvo?

All Vehicles though designed to look the same are all different which is an important thing to deal with. Since the positive camber is meant to improve driving stability and vehicle movement, on the other hand, high performance vehicles would require better cornering performances. Each and every vehicle has exact angles for these camber settings. They are used to properly align the wheel cambers.

How Does the Vehicle’s Suspension Affect the Camber?

The rubber bushing which is part of the suspension has a tendency of breaking down overtime which would allow excessive movement to calibrate on the suspension. If this happens, it will lead the vehicle to poor turning performance, uneven acceleration and uneven tire wear. The rubber bushing though with a funny name plays a very vital role in the stability and smooth movement of the Volvo vehicle.

 How Does Caster Affect The Vehicles Alignment?

Caster is really all about straight lines. More like when riding a bicycle and you let go of the bicycle’s handle but yet still paddling and the bicycle doesn’t come crashing on the ground, that’s the ideal work of the caster. The caster setting is built into the front rear within the spindle on the bicycle. The Volvo vehicle’s caster works pretty much the same way.

While in motion, only a little effort is required from the driver’s hand on the steering. Even if one’s hand is taken away from the steering, the vehicle would not just deviate into the left or right lane heading to the pavement. No, it will keep heading straight as long as the way is express. It only gets stopped if it gets bumped into something in that straight line. So if in a situation like this, the vehicle steers to one side of the road, then it means that the caster is off. This can be realigned and fixed up properly.

The caster provides directional stability to the alignment of the vehicle which helps it stay in a straight line with little or no effort from the driver via the steering. It is also the caster that helps the vehicle to return it steering back to the straight lane it was after a successful turn without the effort of the driver. It is very easy to detect a caster problem. One best and common way to do that is to try to release the steering while in motion and see if it stays in lane or sways away.