That can be an advantage or a disadvantage.
Chain stores that align and replace parts very often end up replacing
parts that are perfectly acceptable, just to make the commission.
Had a firestone store condemn a set of ball joints on my old Valliant
that were less than 2 months old and perfectly within specs - they
just looked at the odometer and said it needed new joints - - -
But if they DON'tT replace parts, it means they check the alignment -
say it is out of adjustment range or whatever and needs part "A"
replaced - you take it to another shop, or home and DIY, bring it back
and it is still out of range - it needs part "B" replaced - and on,
and on, and on - particularly where damage is known to have occurred.
- and it can get quite expensive and irritating.
RobertMacy posted for all of us...
I may not have read all messages.
Obviously they did a crappy job. Suspension inspection is one of the first
things to perform. An honorable shop does not sell parts you do not need.
The shop makes good money and gets a good reputation from honesty.
A tipoff would have been the fur underneath.
Claire would you agree with this?
On Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:37:03 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well, a couple days ago I had the top down about half way, and when I
put the top up again, it met the windshield properly.
In 1970, I lent my 1965 Pontiac Catalina convertible to a young guy and
within an hour he ran a stop sign in a school zone, because, he said, I
pickup camper was parked where he couldn't see the sign.
After that, the pins in the top were at least an inch from the matching
holes in the windshield frame. For one or two years. Then they were
perfect for one or two years, and then they were just as bad as before
for one or two years.
So the fact that the top matched the windshield on this one occasion is
I saw that (170 instead of 80, here) and I thought about it, especially
in a case like this. in the post I just posted, I talk about how the
fame jumped around in a previous car that was hit, so I can see needing
more than one alignment.
On Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:26:23 +0000 (UTC), Red Green
They took 4 tries fixing my mothers tire before they figured out that it
leaked around the valve once, so I stopped going there.
But the guy at Autozone named a guy there who he described in glowing
Oren just said "Kentucky Fried Chicken is not the place to go in
Baltimore!". Now that's strange because the other place the same guy
recommended was on Rte 40 right next to KFC and close to McDonalds. It
has changed its name so he couldn't remember the name, but I can find
it. Oren, be assured, I won't go to KFC but to the shop next door.
You're probably right about the dealer being best in this situation.
I'm too susceptible to suggestions -- I've noticed this in other
situations too -- like this one guy I've never met on a web page I've
never heard of who thinks dealers are a bad idea.
Which is the radius rod?
Is that the same as the rear lower control arm, the locating arm, the
rear lower suspension arm #1 (I think that's what the shop manual calls
it)? I think it has other names too. Makes it hard to shop for it.
Definitely. When a car or truck comes in with a stability problem
and the owner wants an alignment, the first thing you look for is
signs of damage - and deer parts would definitely raise a red flag!!!
Then you check the settings - f something is way off you check the
related parts for damage.
Before doing an alignment suspension hight, tire pressures, etc all
need to be checked as well.
Had a customer come in with their car pulling hard to the right - said
they had just had Firestone do an alignment and now it was worse.
Being a tire store you would THINK they would have at least checked
the tire pressure - if not the tire condition - and sold the guy a set
of tires. The one tire was at 18psi and the other must have been 1/4
inch bigger on the outside than the inside.
I got to sell the guy a set of 4 tires (and they were not Firestones)
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