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      09-21-2017, 12:43 PM   #1
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Wheel alignment.

My granddaughter has just visited me after getting a new tyre fitted at a local garage. They advised her to have her wheels re-aligned which she agreed to.
When she arrived at my house, I had a walk around her car and noticed that her wheeltrims were quite dirty but had no handmarks on them.
Question, is it possible to do an alignment without removing the trims?
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Yes. Its the steering arms that are adjusted underneath the car.
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Yes. Its the steering arms that are adjusted underneath the car.
How can they scan the wheels for alignment with the trims on?
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It depends on the equipment used. A lot of garages have a spider-like device that clamps on to the edge of the wheel rim where the tyre touches the wheel and that clamp holds the optics for the alignment. I would not expect anyone to "scan" the wheel itself as that would be a lot more complex system and would require a reference point off the vehicle.
Do you have a photo of the wheels with the trims fitted?
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It depends on the equipment used. A lot of garages have a spider-like device that clamps on to the edge of the wheel rim where the tyre touches the wheel and that clamp holds the optics for the alignment. I would not expect anyone to "scan" the wheel itself as that would be a lot more complex system and would require a reference point off the vehicle.
Do you have a photo of the wheels with the trims fitted?
I will check it out tomorrow. Thanks for the replies
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Equipment shouldn't touch the face of the wheel, either hang on the tyre or grip the edge of the rim.
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Did they not give her a before and after print out?
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Did they not give her a before and after print out?
Yep, that normally comes with the bill, whichever tire fitter you're using.
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Have a look at the track rod end locking nuts. see if there is signs of spanner work.
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