I do my own on all my cars
Great Kev...Just thought I'd have it doe at a tyre specialist I use, locally....in respect of the rear wheel alignments too. Regards, Ian
In a previous life I used to work in a garage and we had a four wheel alignement setup you used to lift the car up on the lift and fit it onto four stands which were about three feet tall then a transmitter was fitted to each wheel and connected to a computer you then turned the steering lock to lock and locked the steering in the straight ahead position the computer would then show the readout of all four wheels in red or green for toe,caster and camber on a car where adjustment was possible you could get it all spot on which made a huge difference to the handling unfortunately it was only as good as the user
Well being as everything's computerized now and nobody has a Trabant in their computer, you must have a bored or underemployed tire shop willing to mess with your car! Not to mention it doesn't fit on the rack- I think most owners do it the low tech way described in the how to manuals. Trabants are all about self-help!
All sorted, for the price of a tyre fitting specialist (£40'ish)...WITHOUT going there!!!!
Purchased a "Gunson Trackrite"...which what with altering my front wheel camber a couple of times recently HAS paid for itself 2-3 times, already!
Very easy to set-up and use, aslong as you have a good level surface to place the unit on and drive upto and over it, to get the required readings.
Would recommend one, especially, if you have several cars/light goods vehicles.
Bought a Gunsons' TRACKRITE* and paid for itself within a month, as I altered my camber setting at the front and would have had to go and have it done at tyre specialist at approx £39 a pop....*(The kit only cost me £40 and is very easy to use/take readings!!). Especially useful, if you have several cars/light goods-type vehicles, that you want to check the tracking for, periodically.
I always wondered how good that drive over pad was.
It's very accurate, I must admit and worked really well, on each occasion.
I will have to try one. I have a later set up. It works well but not when trying to keep the steering wheel in the central position.
Yes, I understand...Gunsons' says not to touch the steering wheel as you drive forward and over the ramped unit...but, it does have a habit of moving slightly on the Trabi!
Perhaps tying it carefully in a dead ahed mode might help me, next time?!......
Separate names with a comma.