Ford Escort/Lynx 1981-1990 Repair Guide

Rear End Alignment



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

The rear caster, camber and toe angles on these vehicles are preset at the factory and should not be adjusted without the proper equipment and training.

There is a method, however, of checking whether the vehicle is "dog tracking." Dog tracking is a condition where the rear wheels do not follow the front wheels and the vehicle does not travel squarely down the road.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Dog tracking occurs when the rear wheels are not following the front correctly-a rear toe alignment often corrects this condition

  1. Pour water on flat dry pavement and drive the vehicle over the water, keeping the vehicle as straight as possible.
  3. Measure the total width of each overlapping imprint on the left and right sides.
  5. If the width of one rear imprint is more than 1 1 / 2 in. (38mm) greater than one front imprint, this means the vehicle is not tracking properly.


Rear end alignment requires expensive special equipment and experience. If inspection reveals evidence of misalignment, have the vehicle serviced by a qualified technician.

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Fig. Fig. 2: To determine whether the car is dog tracking excessively, measure the difference between the right and left side

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Fig. Fig. 3: The rear toe is adjusted by a sliding adjustment rod which lengthens or shortens the tie rod as needed