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2001-2005 TRIBUTE - STEERING DRIFT / PULL - IMPROVED DIAGNOSTIC AND REPAIR PROCEDURE

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2001-2005 Tribute

DESCRIPTION
Some vehicles may exhibit a drift/pull to either the right or left. This condition may occur even if the alignment settings are within specifications.

The following procedure is designed to supplement the Workshop Manual. It contains a more detailed description of the camber/caster adjustment, updated diagnostics to help determine cause and an updated camber adjustment procedure.

REPAIR PROCEDURE
1. Refer to the Drift/Pull diagnostic flow chart (Figure 1).


2. Use SB procedures when adjusting alignment if directed by the diagnostic flow chart.

3. Complete worksheet as needed (Figure 5).


GENERAL FRONT SUSPENSION UPPER STRUT MOUNT ADJUSTMENT INFORMATION:
- Adjustment of camber and caster can be made by rotating the upper strut mount into one of four positions.
Driver Side


Passenger Side


- The orientation of the strut rod relative to the center of the hole for the mount determines the alignment change.
- The strut rod is offset 180 degrees from the paint mark on the strut bushing.
- Moving the strut rod inboard or outboard changes camber and moving the strut rod forward or rearward changes caster.
- Regardless of the start setting, a 90 degree rotation will only change one of the settings (caster or camber), and a 180 degree rotation will change both settings (caster and camber).

ADDITIONAL FRONT CAMBER ADJUSTMENT:
The clearance between the bolts and the holes in the knuckle to strut joint allows front camber adjustment beyond what the strut mount orientation provides. This additional adjustment can be used on either of the front wheels to increase or decrease a camber split.

Rotating the upper strut mount is the primary and preferred method to adjust front camber. If rotating the upper strut mount does not provide enough camber adjustment, perform the following steps to achieve an approximate camber change of up to or - 0.24 degrees per side:
1. Lift the vehicle up off its tires.

2. Replace the old strut to knuckle fasteners (bolts and nuts) with new fasteners, but do not torque the new fasteners.

3. Move the top of the tire inboard or outboard to adjust camber (Figure 4).
- If more negative camber is desired, push the top of the tire inboard.
- If less negative camber is desired, pull the top of the tire outboard.


4. With the tire at the desired position, torque the new fasteners to 85 lb-ft (115 Nm).

5. Lower the vehicle back down.

6. Place vehicle on alignment rack and measure the alignment to confirm the desired camber change was achieved.

NOTE: Do not adjust the alignment settings (individual camber) beyond the released specifications.

PART(S) INFORMATION
9XG0-69-06X1 - Strut to Knuckle Bolt - Qty. 1 - 2001-2004 Tribute
9XG0-77-88X1 - Strut to Knuckle Bolt - Qty. 1 - 2005 Tribute
9XG0-76-29X1 - Strut to Knuckle Nut (Driven) - Qty. 1 - 2001-2005 Tribute
 

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The diagrams are in error showing the front of the vehicle going the wrong way.

 
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