A negative camber refers to the angle placement of the wheel in a way that the bottom is further out than the top of it. Because negative camber allows the car’s tyre to be kept perpendicular to the road as the vehicle moves along, it will enable drivers to achieve a better grip on the road, reduce wheel vibration, and improve vehicle handling.
With that being said, having too much negative chamber isn’t a good idea and can result in a whole host of issues with your car and tyre performance. Here is a list of reasons why you should reconsider negatively angling your wheels too much.
1. It Will Eat Away at Your tyres
Having too much negative camber on your car wheels is a guaranteed way to run through your tyres quickly. The angle creates more contact space with the road, resulting in premature wear and tear of the car tyres. This would be especially applicable when you are taking your car off-road and driving it on rough terrain.
2. It Harms Straight-Line Performance
Because of the way the wheels are angled, the car will need to work harder to gain acceleration or apply the brakes when driving in a straight line. Additionally, stability could also be compromised as the car will find it more difficult to drive in a straight line.
3. Higher Risk of the Wheels Breaking Loose
A negative chamber can increase the risk of your wheel breaking loose as more stress is put on a smaller area of the wheel at a time and the angling itself makes the impact force on the wheel unevenly distributed.
4. Could Potentially Lock Your Steering or Brakes
The severe angling of the wheels can cause the car tyres to impact its frame, especially when making a sharp turn. This could potentially cause the steering on the car to be locked up, which would be especially dangerous in an emergency situation. Depending on the design of the car, a tilt of as less as 2° can result in this problem.
On some car setups, having a negative camber can also increase the risk of the brakes locking up as the car may fail to engage the brake mechanism properly.
5. Less Traction During Wet Conditions
A negative camber setup can potentially cause the car to have its traction significantly compromised in wet conditions. This can considerably increase the braking distance and impact its overall handling.
6. Issues With Camber Trust
Because of the way the wheels would be angled, in a car with a negative camber, wheels on both sides are pushing against each other. This certainly helps with handling when both are in contact with the road, but the moment one of them loses traction, the car will involuntarily thrust towards its direction.
Negative camber has its benefits, but only when the wheels are properly tilted. Because of the dangers involved in having too much negative camber, if you want to have it done on your vehicle, be sure to get someone who is well-experienced in such jobs.