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Alignment on Volvo 850 — Specifications & Procedures

There is a small amount of adjustment at the bottom strut bolts. With those bolts in one can move the strut in or out slightly to get more or less camber. As the knuckle moves it changes the toe setting slightly, therefore an alignment is a good idea. On my cars I always set the camber as far neg. as it’ll go, it maybe ends up -.25 degrees or so., then I don’t have to worry about resetting the toe if I do upper strut mounts or a lower control arm. Besides, it corners better :-).

Prior to performing wheel alignment, perform preliminary visual and mechanical inspection of wheels, tires and suspension components.

Ride Height Adjustment

Before adjusting alignment, check riding height. Riding
height must be checked with vehicle on level floor and tires properly
inflated. Bounce vehicle several times and allow suspension to settle.

Visually inspect vehicle for signs of abnormal height from
front to rear or side to side. Check passenger and luggage
compartments for extra heavy items and remove if present. Riding
height between left and right side of vehicle should vary less than 1″
(25.4 mm).

Jacking & Hoisting

The following illustration indicates areas (parts) of
underbody and frame used to raise and support vehicle with either
floor jack or hoist. These points are indicated by shaded areas on

Wheel Alignment Procedure


1) Raise and support front of vehicle. Camber angle can only
be adjusted by altering the spring struts. Disconnect spring strut.
Drill out upper holes in shock absorber attachment to 14 mm. Ensure
holes are cleaned of burrs after drilling.

2) Install Washer (3 546 451-0) using one old bolt and nut in
lower hole. Do not tighten nut. Install Fixing Plug (3 546 450-2) in
upper hole. Drill a 4 mm hole through center of washer and shock
absorber attachment. Pound Clamping Pin (951 950-5) into 4 mm hole.
Remove centering plug and bolt.

3) Install Eccentric Bolt (3 546449-4) in upper shock
absorber hole and new Bolt (977 267-4) in lower hole. Slightly tighten
new nuts. Adjust camber angle, as necessary, by turning upper bolt.
After adjusting, tighten both nuts to 48 ft. lbs. (65 N.m), then
tighten an additional 90 degrees.

Camber angle cannot be adjusted unless car is raised.


If camber angle is not to specification, check for trailing
arm damage.


Check caster angle on both sides of vehicle. Caster angle can
vary by one degree maximum between right and left sides.


To adjust toe-in, lengthen or shorten tie-rod ends as
necessary. Loosen lock nuts and adjust tie rods. Longer rods will
result in a larger angle and shorter rods will result in a smaller
angle. Maximum possible variation in length between tie rods is 2 mm.
Take measurement between edge of thread and lock nut. After
tightening, apply rust proofing to tie rod threads.

Tip: Count the tie rod revolutions
Volvo 850 outer tie rods old vs. new. New Mayle vs. OEM original TRW. Shows play in the original hardware.


1) To adjust toe-in, loosen nuts connecting transverse arms to trailing arms. Move transverse arms forward or rearward until correct value is obtained. Tighten one nut on each transverse arm anchor to lock it in relation to other trailing arm.

2) Replace other bolts and nuts that are not tightened with
new bolts or nuts. Tighten nuts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 N.m), then tighten
an additional 150 degrees. Replace 2 previously tightened bolts and
nuts. Tighten to specification.

Where are adjustment points for front alignment?

Bonus! 10 Interesting Volvo Facts

  • In Latin, the word Volvo means: I spin. Today however the nearest meaning is “I roll”.
  • Volvo was founded in 1924. The two founders were Gustav Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson.
  • The ÖV 4 is the first Volvo car. The first car was sell-ready in 1927. The 2-Liter, 4-cilinder car got the nickname: Jakob.
  • Volvo’s very first commercial vehicle was the Type-1 truck. The release year was 1928. In the same year, Volvo released the second car, the Volvo PV 651. Volvo manufactured a total of 1383 of both vehicles in the first year; of which automaker exported 27.
  • This trend saw a sharp rise in 1932 when Volvo released a good amount of 10,000 vehicles, both trucks and cars.
  • The company, however, started making a large-scale profit from the year 1935. The first luxurious car by Volvo was the PV36, which could carry six passengers at a time. The design of this iconic car paved the path for future Volvo cars to come. I came in the market with a price tag of 8,500 Swedish kronor.
  • Volvo touched a landmark in 1941, with the sale of its 50,000th vehicle; this is a unique achievement considering the time when WWII was in full swing.

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