Ford Tempo/Topaz 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Front End Alignment



Caster and camber angles on your vehicle are preset at the factory and cannot be adjusted in the field. Improper caster and camber can be corrected only through replacement of worn or bent parts. The caster measurements must be made on the left hand side by turning the left hand wheel through the prescribed angle of sweep and on the right hand side by turning the right hand wheel through the prescribed angle of sweep. When using alignment equipment designed to measure caster on both the right hand and left hand side, turning only one wheel will result in a significant error in the caster angle for the opposite side.


See Figure 1

Toe is the difference in distance between the front and the rear of the front wheels.

  1. On models equipped with power steering, move the steering wheel back and forth several times until the steering wheel is in the straight-ahead or centered position.
  3. Turn the engine OFF and lock the steering wheel in place using a suitable steering wheel holder.
  5. Loosen the slide off the small outer boot clamp so the boot will not twist during adjustment.
  7. Loosen the locknuts on the outer tie rod ends.
  9. Rotate both (right and left) tie rods in exactly equal amounts during adjustment. This will keep the steering wheel centered.
  11. Tighten the locknuts when the adjustment has been completed. Install and tighten the boot clamps.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Front end toe in adjustment of the steering rack