If you take the car in and complain about the alignment within 1,000 or 1,500 miles the dealer will align under warranty. After that it's on your dime.Yeah my alignment was also way the fooock off.
I'm starting to think, that as soon as one acquires a car one should do an alignment.
I'd actually be concerned the machine/car/rack was set up properly....It was a miracle my tires lasted to 30k especially with a total front toe at .29, never saw such a high positive toe number on the front ? ( 0.63 ) - left front, ( - .035 ) right front ?
I was experiencing some tramlining on the highway if the road was not totally level and smooth.I'd actually be concerned the machine/car/rack was set up properly....
having said that, perhaps the saving grace was that the toe was off the same direction front and rear- positive on the left side, negative on the right. CROSS toe was therefore (somewhat) minimized.
It would seem like the car was kind of 'crabbing' down the road, if those before numbers are accurate.
Remind me what size tires you have. I have been contemplating having mine checked before my 20" Bridgestone Sport RFT set is ruined. It seems to ride straight most of the time and occasionally "grabs" the road. Can't tell if the grabbing is the extra width on road irregularities over the 18"s on my 2010 or alignment issues. I'm at 850 miles and need some thoughts on whether I should have this checked. Thanks.It was a miracle my tires lasted to 30k especially with a total front toe at .29, never saw such a high positive toe number on the front ? ( 0.63 ) - left front, ( - .035 ) right front ?
Its not lowly. 18" works fine and does reasonable job.I have the "lowly" 18in
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I paid 69.95 for my alignment, I paid under 1300 complete forMine was all f uped as a brand new vehicle
Had it aligned for $110 and the steering wheel put dead center as well
Couldn't bare to go back n forth w dealer
U pay for ur sanity!
NoWhere do you guys think I should go for the alignment?
I'm very nervous taking to a local tire shop because most of them are pretty trashy and the last time I was at a local one, I watched them ruin a set of rims of a Mercedes GL and they probably broke the rear diff by jacking up the car on it.
Get past the optics... I have one local tire shop I've used for many years. I am one of their 1%, in that they treat me and my cars really well. OK prices, sometimes they match tirerack, sometimes not, sometimes I bring in my own tires and they mount.Also the tire place I went to allowed me to go over the alignment specs with the tech at the machine,
dealer service dept is shrouded in secrecy, no one past the secret door in the shop:yikes:
Agree, first time I went to this shop that had high recomendations on Tire rack was for myNo
Get past the optics... I have one local tire shop I've used for many years. I am one of their 1%, in that they treat me and my cars really well. OK prices, sometimes they match tirerack, sometimes not, sometimes I bring in my own tires and they mount.
But on the specifics of 'finding the store to use the first time', I'd just stop by a few and see what vibe you get. Talk to a MANAGER, tell them you want specific settings and would like to be able to watch- perhaps from the open garage door if 'insurance' is an issue. The key will be not sounding like a BMW-hole, but sounding like an enthusiast who is looking for a more careful alignment. (I am always in jeans, T shirt, etc... doing my best Zelig...) Then time the guy doing the alignment 10-20 if he is nice, get his name, and come back the next time.
My 2 cents