well my car has the stock Alignment and i was wondering if anybody has good numbers that i can give to firestone to get this done and done right. thanks in advanced[drinking]
some people just adjust the heads to make it go in spec.We have a chain of stores here called Brakes Plus. While I know each may differ depending on management, I have taken several cars in and asked for specific specs a number of times. Sometimes the manager has grumbled but they have done it each and every time. The last time was on my Miata where alignment is critical and everything is adjustable. The manager more or less disagreed and almost told me I didn't know what I was doing with my numbers but agreed to do it. The tech new exactly what i was doing and put each number request right on the money. He said he enjoyed doing it the right way! After the test ride he came back with a big sh_t eating grin on his face. Total cost 48.00 + a 10.00 buck tip to the tech for going out of his way.
Hint...take the car in when they're slow and no cars in the bays or on the rack. They won't be in such a hurry to flip you off. An hour or so before closing usually works well. An alignment on a focus only takes a half hour or so with most of it is devoted to setting up the mirrors and laser system. I'm hearing that many shops are hurting (really slow business) due to the current economic issues. Some wheeling and dealing may be possible.
I have heard of that before that's why I always go out and stand behind the car just outside the service bay and watch. But I've also been lucky and the techs that have done my work have integrity and take pride in their work.some people just adjust the heads to make it go in spec.
so if i go get the alignment done , just tell the tech that i want (-0.05 in each is the maximum toe for the front and +0.08 in for the rear?oops. you're right. we do need adjustable bits in the front, but I defend my theory. I should stop posting during breaks at work, as they always seem rushed. -0.05 in each is the maximum toe for the front, and +0.08 in for the rear. That would still be a good starting point. When I got a proper "aggressive street" alignment, the results were nearly as much help as my springs and dampers. A little can go a long way here.
That's an easy way to make someone nervous if you're not friendly.I have heard of that before that's why I always go out and stand behind the car just outside the service bay and watch. But I've also been lucky and the techs that have done my work have integrity and take pride in their work.
sorry, buddy I,m a Ford tech. I work at a dealership. The prices are diffrent at each privately owned dealership. They useually only go up if its a heavy truck or something like that.sorry buddy, dealers only do toe sets, unless you pay for the more expensive alignment.