Wheel Alignment: Rear Toe

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The toe setting of an independent rear suspension vehicle will affect the vehicle's thrust angle and result in excessive tire wear. In the illustration, the toe-out setting wore the inside tread of the left rear tire almost bald. Visually inspect the vehicle for a bent or worn component. Manufacturer's include a rear toe adjustment on vehicles with independent rear suspension. Adjust toe by turning a tie rod or an eccentric cam located at the wheel being adjusted.

Rear toe is checked and set before a front end alignment is performed. Front toe is the last and most likely angle to require adjustment. Alignment racks display angles in fractions of inches (1/4), but many alignment racks today use degrees (┬░). Toe-in is considered positive toe (+), and toe-out is considered negative toe (-). A vehicle's rear toe setting affects its steering wheel position.