No, didn't hear of any new one. I am thinking of visiting Lokmanya next time. Have you been able to find any other one in Pune?
I am willing to travel if the work is reliable and not a mere formality like most ASC's do.
Well I had a bad time trying to get Wheel Alignment done for my Scorpio.
I tried Prateek Enterprises (Pirelli showroom) at the Fatimanagar Junction - terribly slow, and they didn't bother to even attempt to straighten the steering wheel properly before starting so it was completely off centre when driving straight. They said it will supposedly straighten up after driving round for a bit and were not willing to adjust more. Do not recommend them except for a semi-decent car wash. Did not bother going back there to get it fixed as had no confidence in them after this.
Next called up NS Mehta on Karve Road and went there (didn't realise at this time that they had an outlet in Camp too). They at least attempted to straighten the steering well but did it from outside the car window. This time it still wasn't perfectly centred, but they said it was because tyre pressure was 2 or 3 psi higher on one side - wasn't 100% sure but took their word for it. Drove a few more kms and I still wasn't happy. By now had almost studied the art of wheel alignment online and was sure it was only because the steering wheel was not perfectly centred both times.
Called up NS Mehta again and spoke to Sunil Mehta himself. He asked me to go to their Camp outlet next morning (round the corner from BMW next to the synagogue) and assured it will be fixed. Went there bright and early and explained the issue. This time their technician went and sat in the car, locked the steering wheel properly with their steering lock device, checked it several times over and then did the alignment. This time it was perfect. Of course did not have to pay for this.
I think the first 2 times I got it done (Prateek near Fatimanagar and NS Mehta on Karve Road), they were just inexperienced technicians or stand-ins for the actual technician, both absolute rookie errors. Probably just bad luck that this happened twice in a row. NS Mehta Camp was very good (think the technicians name was Suraj or Pankaj).
I would still like to know of someone in the area who does Hunter Wheel Alignment, but in the meantime can recommend NS Mehta Camp as long as you get the proper technician.
Such a long story for what should have been a simple job!
Hello everyone, I was hoping that you guys could provide a solution/advice regarding a problem that I'm facing with my Maruti Suzuki Swift. All was well until last month. On Jan first week, decided to get the tyre pressure, alignment and balancing done. This was done at a place close to my home. After this, the car was very jumpy especially over bad section of roads. I suspected that they might have overinflated the tyres and got it checked and corrected the next day. But even after that the problem was not solved completely. When going through small potholes and bumps, the car jumps all over the place and this was becoming rather annoying. The tyre pressure was checked again and was found to be normal. Fast forward 2 weeks and the car was given for annual service at a Maruti service centre. Told them about the problem. They advised to check the alignment again. I am attaching the alignment values from both places below. The service centre said alignment is alright and it could be an issue with a bush that comes along with the shock absorbers. They checked it and said that the wear and tear on the bushes aren't that much to have this much problem with the ride quality. They advised to replace it only if the issue becomes too difficult. Took delivery of the car and the problem still persists. Also did a quick alignment check from another tyre shop and they said there isn't much problem. The issue is livable. But it wasn't present until the alignment was checked during the first instance. What do you guys think is the reason for this?
Here are the values of wheel alignment. I'm not sure what to make out of it.
This is from the first place
This is from the Maruti service centre
All was well until last month. On Jan first week, decided to get the tyre pressure, alignment and balancing done. This was done at a place close to my home. After this, the car was very jumpy especially over bad section of roads.
If the alignment has been checked and certified correct by 3 different agencies, it shall be indeed correct.
What they adjust during the alignment is the "Toe". Other angles like "Castor" etc. are only checked but not corrected (they can't be, at the alignment centre).
The incorrect Toe adjustment shall not result into a bouncy ride. Please get your shock absorbers (dampers) checked. The car bounces when the dampers loose their damping ability. They aren't expected to fail in just 29000 km. But still, get these checked.
Last edited by Rahul Bhalgat : 16th January 2022 at 21:41.
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I would have thought Maruti has done quite a good alignment there, and I'm a bit surprise you still feel otherwise.
Having said that, factory doesn't provide for adjustment of both Front Cambers and Rear Cambers if I understand them correctly.
However, my hunch is your predicament may be relieved a little bit by installing a set of Front eccentric camber bolts (after-market) and, instead of as is positive Front cambers try to aim for a bit of negative cambers and see how it goes from here.
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I recently got tyres of my car changed.
Without going into specifics, here are the turn of events that happened
1. Dealer gives three options for tyres (175= company spec, 185,195 upsizes).
2. I had done my homework long ago and didn't remember the right upsizes for my car so trusted what options dealer gave. Dealer quoted same price for 175/185 and it made sense to just go for 185 which I did.
3. About time when new tyres were wheel balanced and getting fit on car, I checked with online tyre upsize calculator as i was unable to remember 185 as option from my earlier homework. It turns out upsizing from 175/65/R15 to 185/65/R15 is not recommended as it is more than 2% error from original spec.
4. So I requested dealer to change it and opted for 195/60/R15.
5. This time, dealer didn't do the balancing and just mounted the new tyres and fitted into car. I noticed this on the last tyre.
Dealer argument was that new tyres don't need balancing and it's the alloy wheel which needs it and has been already balanced with 185 tyres.
It was getting late with on the edge kid with me
so I just took his justification on face value and moved on. Anyway I had made them do the fitting work twice, and this time they were in mode of pay for any extra work.
Question: is dealers justification correct? Or should I get the tyres balanced again?
He did do the alignment after fitting 195 as it wasn't done yet with previous ones.