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    After knocking my rear camber out a long time ago & wrecking a new tyre i decided to get the job done at the local ATS as they have just had a new digital system fitted, After some intervention from me they sort of found the right car on the system, They found the tracking/camberto be OK!, Not happy with the results i searched around & found align my car.com which led me to the nearest branch of Hi-Q, AT BROMFORD LANE, ERDINGTON, B'HAM, Ben the manager & team were very helpful after i stressed my concerns that I'm particular about my car - they proceeded, The 'Hunter System' they have showed some miss alignment, so after taking some time to get it right it was done, it took 1/2 alone just for adjustments, the job wasn't rushed & was done properly, The fuel in the car was took into account & weight added to compensate, Ive took 8 measurements per tyre & will continue to monitor these, I'll try to load the results & on my experience i was happy with the way i & the car was treated!
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    Always nice when a job is done properly and you're given the time of day whilst its done.

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    Im another fan of alignmycar yes its £60 - £80 but you save that in fuel and tyres

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    Quote Originally Posted by roswell View Post
    Im another fan of alignmycar yes its £60 - £80 but you save that in fuel and tyres
    Its not bad really considering it should have been £90 for the work that was done!, & as you say its far cheaper than even replacing with a cheap tyre at £60.

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    Thats looks impressive mate, its good when somewhere looks after the customer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the-wizard View Post
    i decided to get the job done at the local ATS as they have just had a new digital system fitted, After some intervention from me they sort of found the right car on the system
    When using the Hunter system they should enter your vehicle registration number which will then bring up your vehicle and its specification
    If they are looking for the vehicle type, then this suggests their licence is out of date and they are using the generic settings

    I too had this issue, my nearest centre (which came highly recommended) could not find the settings for a 3.0 V6 CDTI with sports suspension and suggested using 2003 - 2006 Saloon sports suspension but could not guarantee they were correct
    Contacted another centre and they had no such issue, after inserting my vehicle registration number the correct specification appeared

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    did you check the rear "banana" arms for wear before you took it in for alignment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by merikiito View Post
    did you check the rear "banana" arms for wear before you took it in for alignment?
    Not just those, ask the tester to examine the entire suspension and steering before commencing the realignment
    There is no point proceeding if there is any play or worn parts
    Once replaced the alignment may then be compromised, might even require having to be carried out again

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    Quote Originally Posted by merikiito View Post
    did you check the rear "banana" arms for wear before you took it in for alignment?
    I would normally but mine are fairy new & done very little mileage, The rest of the car is spot on as i know it well having had it from new, my initial problem came from one wheel that i knocked out of camber but its always a good idea as you said to check everything before hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the-wizard View Post
    my initial problem came from one wheel that i knocked out of camber but its always a good idea as you said to check everything before hand.
    There is virtually nothing wrong with the rear camber before adjustment, at just 0'03', but the variance is quite normal for a car that has never been checked since leaving the factory
    However there is a reasonable variance in the rear toe, the nearside rear showing more off-centre variance

    There is vastly more variance at the front, which again is quite normal once some mileage has been accumulated and some tyre changes
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