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Old 9th December 2010, 16:53   #121
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Just got back from Madhus. I had got an allignment job recently and a week later realized that the car was pulling to left. Took it back and they swapped the front tires around. Drove back and the same problem, so i took it back again. This time they did an alignment check, tire pressure(was told that pressure was set very high) and made some alignment corrections. Seems to be fine now, though will have to drive more to check in detail.
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Very nice article Nikhil.

They swapped the front and back tyres (on the LHS) and it's fine now.
Is this a correct solution? Should they have checked the alignment again after swapping?
I am not an expert. But I wonder why they swapped the LHS tyres. Instead if they swap the F tyres and then if there is a right pulling then we can say correctly that the alignment is OK and problem is with tyres.
If your Ftyre had problem then it won't much deflect when it is in back. Experts can correct me.
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Is wheel alighment mandatory for every 10000 kms?

I wanted to do this for my 2008 SX4. But my service advisor always says wheel alignment is not necessary unless there is a car pulling to a side problem.

He says that cars like SX4 come with alloys wheels and the alignment will not change unless there is major impact while driving.

My car has run 43k now without any wheel alignment done so far. But I do not see any issues so far. The car runs straight when I leave the steering.

Am I doing the right thing? I'll be changing new tyres soon. Should I do wheel alignment while changing new tyres or just change the tyres without wheel alignment?

Experts please share your opinion.
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Is wheel alighment mandatory for every 10000 kms?

I wanted to do this for my 2008 SX4. But my service advisor always says wheel alignment is not necessary unless there is a car pulling to a side problem.

He says that cars like SX4 come with alloys wheels and the alignment will not change unless there is major impact while driving.

My car has run 43k now without any wheel alignment done so far. But I do not see any issues so far. The car runs straight when I leave the steering.

Am I doing the right thing? I'll be changing new tyres soon. Should I do wheel alignment while changing new tyres or just change the tyres without wheel alignment?

Experts please share your opinion.
a very good explanation can be found here How often do I really need to have my wheels... — Yahoo! Autos
good luck
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Is wheel alighment mandatory for every 10000 kms?
It is not MANDATORY but its good practise!

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a very good explanation can be found here How often do I really need to have my wheels... ó Yahoo! Autos
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The explanation is good but leaves a lot of factors untold. Nevermind!
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Have a query on Tyre balancing!

When we do tyre balancing at regular intervals, do we need to remove the weights (that was put in the previous balancing) & then do the balancing?
OR do the balancing along with the existing weights?
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Have a query on Tyre balancing!

When we do tyre balancing at regular intervals, do we need to remove the weights (that was put in the previous balancing) & then do the balancing?
OR do the balancing along with the existing weights?
A good practice is to ensure there are minimum effective weights on the rims as possible. Different tyre shops do it different ways, though i'd prefer they remove all weights.
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Thanks Headers for the info, I also feel it is better to remove all weights & then do the balancing.
Nikhil, what do you suggest?
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Finney, I agree. We in fact follow the practice of removing all old weights before doing the wheel balancing.
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Just to inform you guys about the new things happening in the world of wheel alignment.

Hunter has a new alignment system.

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The new clamp feature is innovative but my favourite feature is the VIN scanning tool.

This is a handheld tool which scans the VIN barcode on the car and loads the specifications for THAT PARTICULAR car. I wonder how well this will work on Indian cars but if works well, it will be FANTASTIC!

The geek in me LOVES the new ipod/iPhone/iPad compatibility. There is an app to be downloaded for free from the App store and then you can control the Win align software from below the car and see the readings and make adjustments accordingly. This is not of much real world use in my opinion, but it's geeky!

The bundling of Code Link is also a nice addition. This though is not of much use in India. In the US, Europe and advanced markets it will be much more useful.
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I havenít done wheel alignment/balancing on my WagonR since 12,000 KMs and I have no issues in handling, car moving towards left/right etc.
Please suggest me whether should I go for wheel alignment/balancing immediately or wait for some more KMs.
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I havenít done wheel alignment/balancing on my WagonR since 12,000 KMs and I have no issues in handling, car moving towards left/right etc.
Please suggest me whether should I go for wheel alignment/balancing immediately or wait for some more KMs.
You should be doing it every 5k kms. It's highly recommended.
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I havenít done wheel alignment/balancing on my WagonR since 12,000 KMs and I have no issues in handling, car moving towards left/right etc.
Please suggest me whether should I go for wheel alignment/balancing immediately or wait for some more KMs.
What does your Owners manual specify?

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You should be doing it every 5k kms. It's highly recommended.
It is recommended that you stick to manufacturers recommendation. Only if you see anything abnormal resort to a preventive maintenance check. Can't attach a ball park figure to this IMHO.

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What does your Owners manual specify?
The owner manual doesn't specify anything related to alignment. It just mentions about the tyre rotation every 5000 KM.
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I didn't know about wheel balancing until i found my car wobbling at speeds of 80km/h. It starts when i am about to reach 80 and disappears around 85+. My car was then 12k and only had undergone wheel rotation. I gave for balancing but the problem still persists even though its lesser compared to before balancing. Is it really a problem of balancing or i am facing some other issue? Anyone faced such an issue?
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