It's one of many things you learn in automotive class. Along with tire rotation.Can you show us where Alignment is a required maintenance yearly, that's a first
Over time it all adds up.I'd get an alignment after changing struts, or any of the major suspension components.
Even despite Michigan roads, none of our cars get any kind of yearly alignment and have no issues with being misaligned. Unless you hit something so big (which will likely cause other kinds of damage), that suspension really isn't going to move out of alignment.
I do rotate tires on a regular basis on our vehicles, though. Most of the time it works out perfectly with having all-seasons for spring/summer/fall and winter tires for, well, winter. Generally the mileage put on during the winter is right around enough for me to be able to rotate them when I install them the next time. The all-seasons generally require a rotation sometime before taking them off, depending on vacations/extra driving.
Ummm no. It won't. Unless you plan on waiting till it's too late.I completely disagree with cars needing an alignment every year. Completely unfounded. Personally I get lifetime alignments on my vehicles because I don't change vehicles very often and it's cheaper this way. A car will tell you when it needs an alignment through handling, vibration, and especially tire wear. Don't waste $100 a year on alignments. Be smart and do your tire balancing and rotations at the recommended intervals and monitor your wear...this tells you about small alignment issues. The car will tell you about bigger issues.
Disagree all you want. You can wait till your tires tell you it's time. That's your choice.Agree to disagree on this one. However, I would love to see a link to a manufacturer recommending periodic wheel alignments in their service schedules. <img src="http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/images/smilies/th_salute.gif" border="0" alt="" title="th_salute" class="inlineimg" />
50 years ago zirks were going bye bye. But replacement parts still came with em.50 yrs ago, sure....It's one of many things you learn in automotive class. Along with tire rotation.
There's a lot of firsts the general public don't know about.
Think about it. Why would you keep driving and not maximize your tire wear. Every bump and pot hole you hit. Knocks your car out. And you all know that parts don't last forever. Including your steering components. Part of having an alignment is making sure your components are still tight. You don't get an accurate alignment with worn out parts.
If you want your car to last. It needs to be maintained. If you want your tires to last. They need to be aligned and rotated.
ONly problem with alignments. Tough to find a guy that knows what he's doing. As evidenced in one post on here with the guy who now has a crooked steering wheel and a alignment pull.
im sure the same class taught greasing the components
how many nipples on the car today?
Sorry. My bad.maybe you missed my point
its upselling....its a profit center, thats why service mgrs get spiffs on convincing the customer to go for the add ons, brake fluid flush, etc...same with the fries at the fast food joint.
I didn't drive over the machine. And vehicle info can be entered in to machine. This machine also does braking performance.You drove over one of those toe in/tire depth measuring machines. Developed about two blocks from my shop, they are talking dealerships into installing them (buying them) on the write up isle so incoming service customers must drive over it.
They say the machine turns alignments into a easy sell with a 80% take rate.
Trouble is, every car has a different toe spec and the machine has no way to determine type or brand so it is set up with a average acceptable toe range.
Not very scientific but highly effective at selling unneeded service and adding to the bottom line.