I’m a long time show listener but new to the website (love both). I want to know everything I can about wheel alignment. Here are my questions to get the discussion started:
1- Please describe in detail the “alignment process”. I know it involves measuring and then possibly adjusting. But what is being measured? How is it being measured? What is being adjusted? How is it being adjusted? Does it involve only the fwd/reverse axis? Or does it include the up/down axis? Is it done with the wheels installed or removed?
2- What could cause a car to go “out of alignment”?
3- Are there any symptoms of misalignment other than uneven tire wear?
4- When should alignment be checked? Is there a standard time or mileage interval? Or is it only when new tires are installed? Or only when symptoms are observed? I never see alignment listed in any recommended maintenance schedule.
5- If one takes a car to get “aligned”, how can one be sure the proper work is performed?
6- I’ve found that some repair places are offering different “levels” of alignment. One level is guarenteed for 6 months, another for 1 year (for approx $50 more) and so on. Do you think the higher levels are worth the higher price?
Thanks in advance to all respondants.