2007 Alfa GT front cambers settings
I am a South African and have been driving various Alfas for years. My latest car, a 2007 GT 1.9 JTD has done approx 40 000kms when I took it for wheel alignment and balancing for the 1st time, as I wanted to drive it quite a distance to my holiday destination. Great was my surprise when the technician called me into the pit and showed me the damage to the inside walls of my front tyres (Pirelli Rosso PZero 225/40/R18) - the left cut almost full circle with some steel sticking out and the right front tyre a little bit chafed on the inside wall. According to him the cambers reading was very far out in the negative (-45 and -40) and the wheels were facing outwards with the top to the inside. As a result they could not align it or balance the wheels. We called the closest Alfa outlet and reported this. I took the car to them and they then had the alignment tested at another alignment centre, where they changed the rear tyres to the front for a better reading, but found the same camber reading results. They then sent the car to another place to check the suspension as they could find no signs of damage to the suspension itself. The technician there finally came back and said that some repair work would have to be done, he needed to fit a new left front knuckle, a new left front strut and a new left shock absorber. The quotation amount is absolutely astronomical. As the car is still under a maintenance plan (but not covering this), only new approved Alfa spares will be allowed. I never found any problem with its performance, aside from a little pull to the one side, which according to Wikipedia on Alfa GTs, can be subscribed to torque pull since it has 18 inch wheels and not the standard 17 inch. Wikipedia also says in this article that the GT model cambers are deliberately set in the negative to improve cornering. My question is - can anyone tell me, what is the specificied setting for a GT JTD with 18 inch wheels? Through years disappointments experienced with local Alfa technical people in South Africa on some of the Alfas I have had, I am not convinced that there is any damage to my car's suspension. It is possible that I went through a pothole, but as I say, I never experienced any noise or funny driving performance. When I called around for better prices on the required spares, the one guy said that there is no strut - the shock is the strut ...... Your views and advice will be very much appreciated.