GOOD ALIGNMENTS GONE BAD: COVER ALL THE BASES THE FIRST TIME AROUND

Alignment work requires special knowledge and skills and is usually reserved for experienced front end technicians. However, even the experts make mistakes--with blame placed on poor designs of vehicular suspensions or upon a system which does not permit time to perform a thorough alignment ("quickie" alignments). The purpose of the article is to reshape thinking about the basics of alignment. The article discusses various aspects of performing alignments including the importance of thorough inspections and of going beyond correcting the most obvious problem. Various diagnostic guides are provided covering: car wanders, steering wheel not centered, car pulls to one side, car shimmies and shakes and excessive tire wear. Reference charts are provided for strut-type and dual arm suspensions.

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    Babcox Publications, Incorporated

    11 South Forge Street
    Akron, OH  United States  44304
  • Publication Date: 1985-2

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 14-21
  • Serial:
    • Brake and Front End
    • Volume: 55
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Babcox Publications, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0193-726X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399359
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-038 339
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM