So, I take my car to one of the 5 star rated mechanic’s places here on the website. Also independently recommended by friends too, so I’m pretty sure they’re really good folks. Last time I was in, they checked the alignment, and it was pulling to the left. So, we did the alignment. They’ve got the latest equipment - lasers and all that stuff. So, they do the alignment, it’s better, but still pulling slightly to the left.
They say, we’ll swap the right and left front tires, and it should be close to perfect. They do that, it’s better, and within “range” (when they showed me the printout it was all “green” in other words), but still not perfect.
Tell you what, they say, we’ll put the rear tires on the front and then it should be perfect. Well, almost perfect. Still pulled to the left slightly. They said they thought it was a tire issue, gave me a one year warranty on the alignment, and told me that I should check at Costco, where I got the tires.
I talked to the guys at Costco, and they said that if it’s still pulling to the left after all they did, it’s a mechanical issue, not a tire issue. That makes sense. Especially because the tires are little more than a year old.
Sooooo… the guy at Costco tells me that they’re not really supposed to make recommendations, but… he says… there is ONE PLACE in town that, if I were you, that’s where I would take my car for an alignment. I kind of find that hard to believe… a city of a million people and there’s only ONE place to take the car for an alignment… that this guy who sells tires for a living trusts implicitly?
That seems a bit odd to me. It’s been a few months since the alignment… on some streets the car pulls noticeably to the left, and on other streets it’s almost straight.
The thing is… I really hate to spend MORE money on an alignment, when I’ve still got the better part of a year’s warranty on the alignment I’ve paid for.
Oh yeah… and to avoid speculation… I checked the car fax on this car before I bought it. One owner, no accidents. So… the pulling to the left isn’t being caused by that.
But… if I have a question… are alignments REALLY that hard to do? This other place that is being recommended (which is NOT listed in the Mechanic’s files, btw), only charges $39.95. Should I just bite the bullet and spend another $40 or take it back to the first place and have them tweak it again?