How often do you need tracking checked/adjusted on your car?

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Found 7th Oct 2016
As above, have been offered £69 for two years (six monthly checks) - just wondering if it's a good deal or if I really need it.
Previous owner said the car does seem to go through tyres.

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I have just paid about 30 at formula one auto centre, should only need doing if you have hit kerbs, or adjusted /replaced suspension parts. If you have worn bushes (rubbers) in your suspension this can also effect alignment.

It's usually free to check at most places, If it needs doing then it should cost between £10-£30, Anymore than that is a rip off, I'd check annually or if you notice any uneven tyre wear or drifting. £69 is excessive imo and unless you're constantly bashing curbs the tracking should be ok for longer than a year.!. Also worn suspensions can cause tyre wear etc..

shauneco

It's usually free to check at most places, If it needs doing then it … It's usually free to check at most places, If it needs doing then it should cost between £10-£30, Anymore than that is a rip off, I'd check annually or if you notice any uneven tyre wear or drifting. £69 is excessive imo and unless you're constantly bashing curbs the tracking should be ok for longer than a year.!. Also worn suspensions can cause tyre wear etc..



yes it will be free if its not needing adjusted most older cars it can take a fair bit of time to adjust. Usually the track rods will be siezed and need heating before any adjustments can be made so if youve been charged ten pound i can pretty much gauruntee its not been done properly unless thats mates rates as it just isnt worth doing for that. My laser trackin gauges cost 3k to buy and i charge 40 for full allignment. Mite sound expensive but considering the initial outlay on the equipment and paying your mechanic to do it its fairly reasonable

Had mine done at formula 1, paid them £30

noticed tires were still wearing unevenly after a couple of months, so called in at kwick fit, they tested the tracking, and said it was well out. After about half an hour they then said they were unable to do it as it was seized so badly it, the bolts would sheer off. suggested taking it to main dealer. Like I said this was 2 month after formula 1 had 'apparently' done it oO

Fully_Legit

Had mine done at formula 1, paid them £30 noticed tires were still … Had mine done at formula 1, paid them £30 noticed tires were still wearing unevenly after a couple of months, so called in at kwick fit, they tested the tracking, and said it was well out. After about half an hour they then said they were unable to do it as it was seized so badly it, the bolts would sheer off. suggested taking it to main dealer. Like I said this was 2 month after formula 1 had 'apparently' done it oO



Yeah i get this all the time. If its siezed up like that you usually need new track rods and track rod ends. Obviously f1 didnt do it at all the first time

Fully_Legit

Had mine done at formula 1, paid them £30 noticed tires were still … Had mine done at formula 1, paid them £30 noticed tires were still wearing unevenly after a couple of months, so called in at kwick fit, they tested the tracking, and said it was well out. After about half an hour they then said they were unable to do it as it was seized so badly it, the bolts would sheer off. suggested taking it to main dealer. Like I said this was 2 month after formula 1 had 'apparently' done it oO



Yeah i get this all the time. If its siezed up like that you usually need new track rods and track rod ends. Obviously f1 didnt do it at all the first time

In my experience everytime you let a woman park it

frizman

In my experience everytime you let a woman park it



Haha true. Wife had my a4 bout a month ago came back now the wheel is a notch to the left swears she hit nothing. Lucky i can set it mysel or id be spending more on allingment than food

You usually notice when the tracking needs doing due to uneven tyre wear and the car 'wandering' around the road e.g. listing to one side when you let go of the wheel, or the wheel not being straight whilst you're going straight down a level, straight road.

Due to this, there isn't usually a fixed period which you should inspect the tracking. I got a brand new car and it needed the tracking doing 2 months later whereas my old car went 2 years without needing the tracking doing. Luck of the draw usually so personally, I wouldn't bother.

123batman321

yes it will be free if its not needing adjusted most older cars it can … yes it will be free if its not needing adjusted most older cars it can take a fair bit of time to adjust. Usually the track rods will be siezed and need heating before any adjustments can be made so if youve been charged ten pound i can pretty much gauruntee its not been done properly unless thats mates rates as it just isnt worth doing for that. My laser trackin gauges cost 3k to buy and i charge 40 for full allignment. Mite sound expensive but considering the initial outlay on the equipment and paying your mechanic to do it its fairly reasonable



I'm aware of that ;), my last car required lots of heat lol, Had mine done at Formula 1 last time, In my area it ranges between £10 - £30. I appreciate it costs alot of money for all the equipment etc but £40 for turning a couple of nuts is a bit much imo. Even with heat only takes 10 minutes.

national tyres do it for £30 but they also do a voucher you can use each time for 50% off so works out at £15 each time

shauneco

I'm aware of that ;), my last car required lots of heat lol, Had mine … I'm aware of that ;), my last car required lots of heat lol, Had mine done at Formula 1 last time, In my area it ranges between £10 - £30. I appreciate it costs alot of money for all the equipment etc but £40 for turning a couple of nuts is a bit much imo. Even with heat only takes 10 minutes.



I get your point but im payin a mechanic 14 pound an hour and 3k for the equipment. Not to be rude but if you think its just turning a couple of nuts then you havent got much of a clue about cars.

Id gladly put your motor on the ramp hand you the laser gauges and the oxy acetylene and a 22mm spanner you wouldnt know where to srart

"Start"

There's a difference between laser tracking g and wheel alignment
Go some where with a hunter machine and someone who knows how to use it
Expect to pay £60ish. But worth it.
All Kwik fits have them

mrwhitelabel

There's a difference between laser tracking g and wheel alignmentGo some … There's a difference between laser tracking g and wheel alignmentGo some where with a hunter machine and someone who knows how to use it Expect to pay £60ish. But worth it.All Kwik fits have them



True but most cars dont have adjustable camber or adjustable castor so laser tracking would be more than fine

123batman321

I get your point but im payin a mechanic 14 pound an hour and 3k for the … I get your point but im payin a mechanic 14 pound an hour and 3k for the equipment. Not to be rude but if you think its just turning a couple of nuts then you havent got much of a clue about cars. Id gladly put your motor on the ramp hand you the laser gauges and the oxy acetylene and a 22mm spanner you wouldnt know where to srart


I'm aware of what nuts are turned and have a basic idea of how tracking is performed, with modern laser tracking machines it's a case of turning a few nuts until the machine tells you it's in the green. Don't need to be a rocket scientist. The main places like Formula 1 only charging £30 says it all really. They use state of the art machines too.!.

shauneco

I'm aware of what nuts are turned and have a basic idea of how tracking … I'm aware of what nuts are turned and have a basic idea of how tracking is performed, with modern laser tracking machines it's a case of turning a few nuts until the machine tells you it's in the green. Don't need to be a rocket scientist. The main places like Formula 1 only charging £30 says it all really. They use state of the art machines too.!.



90 percent of the time the nut wont turn itll be siezed solid. You are trying to apply a small amount of heat to allow it to move but not damaging the track rod or track rod end. The actual setting up of tracking is easy if you had a nice shiney new steering rack takes minutes but try doing it on a rusty old rack youll be 30 mins to an hour to free it all off and set correcty

123batman321

90 percent of the time the nut wont turn itll be siezed solid. You are … 90 percent of the time the nut wont turn itll be siezed solid. You are trying to apply a small amount of heat to allow it to move but not damaging the track rod or track rod end. The actual setting up of tracking is easy if you had a nice shiney new steering rack takes minutes but try doing it on a rusty old rack youll be 30 mins to an hour to free it all off and set correcty



I've changed track rod ends myself in the past, I know how tricky they can be but I wouldn't pay £40.

shauneco

I'm aware of what nuts are turned and have a basic idea of how tracking … I'm aware of what nuts are turned and have a basic idea of how tracking is performed, with modern laser tracking machines it's a case of turning a few nuts until the machine tells you it's in the green. Don't need to be a rocket scientist. The main places like Formula 1 only charging £30 says it all really. They use state of the art machines too.!.



do formula 1 use hunter alignment machines and charge the £30 fixed fee
or is that to run the machine and then charge per alignment...?

f1autocentres.co.uk/new…ent

mrwhitelabel

do formula 1 use hunter alignment machines and charge the £30 fixed feeor … do formula 1 use hunter alignment machines and charge the £30 fixed feeor is that to run the machine and then charge per alignment...?https://www.f1autocentres.co.uk/news/Formula-One-Autocentres--ndash--4-Wheel-Alignment



For basic wheel alignment they're fine, Not sure other than they use laser and a machine that they input vehicle details and adjust until in the green zone. Like in this image.

https://www.f1autocentres.co.uk/images/geometry-check.jpg

I appreciate their probably are better and more precise machines but for normal road user a basic wheel alignment is more than adequate lol, If you want a track day set up, sure lol.

shauneco

For basic wheel alignment they're fine, Not sure other than they use … For basic wheel alignment they're fine, Not sure other than they use laser and a machine that they input vehicle details and adjust until in the green zone. Like in this image.I appreciate their probably are better and more precise machines but for normal road user a basic wheel alignment is more than adequate lol, If you want a track day set up, sure lol.



Yeah thank
I get how hunters work
These are some of best machines out there
I was wanting to check if there's is fixed fee for front and rear adjustment.
Kwik fit use the same and charge £50something I think but it only includes front adjustment, there is an extra charge for rears
My car has full adjustable so that's why asking, f1 could be a cheaper option if fixed fee

mrwhitelabel

Yeah thankI get how hunters workThese are some of best machines out … Yeah thankI get how hunters workThese are some of best machines out thereI was wanting to check if there's is fixed fee for front and rear adjustment.Kwik fit use the same and charge £50something I think but it only includes front adjustment, there is an extra charge for rearsMy car has full adjustable so that's why asking, f1 could be a cheaper option if fixed fee



I don't know tbh, Only had the front done on mine as rear wasn't adjustable on mine.
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