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They lied to my face!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by AntAZBlaz, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. AntAZBlaz

    AntAZBlaz 1/2 ton status

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    At the begining of the year I had my 4" lift installed.About a week later I put my new steering arm on. Well after that my steering wheel was way out of whack and I went to Tempe Automotive Service in the Phoenix area and asked them to do an alignment for me.
    Well 7000 miles later there is about 4/16 of wear on the outer edge of both of my BFG’s in the front. I had Goodyear’s on the rear and they are perfectly fine. So I went down to the shop and I told the guy that my tries are wearing prematurely and that they had messed up my alignment. Well a guy comes out with me and says that since I have mud tires that that will always happen, and about all the year he has know about tires. I asked him well why would there only be excessive wear on the outer edges of my front tires.
    They call them selves fixing my alignment and I knew not to trust them. I had already made an appointment for Network Alignment to check out my alignment on the same day. Well I drive directly from Tempe Automotive to Network Alignment and they tell me that my wheels are about 1 inch off. .46 on the driver’s side and .53 on the passenger side.
    I went out and took pictures of the wear on my tiers and next chance that I get I’m going back to raise some hell over at Tempe Automotive. I hate telling some one specifically what I want and they don’t get it done and then to go back for a second time and have the same thing happen all over again is just outrageous.
    Well that’s all I’m just mad that I spent money to have some one do something and they tell you no problem when they don’t know what they are doing and it ends up costing me because my tires are screwed now.
     
  2. Zepplin

    Zepplin 1/2 ton status

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    That's why I do all my work on my Blazer myself!


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  3. arq

    arq 1/2 ton status

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    the only thing i don't do on my blazer is balance and alignment. i had to go back 5 times in one day to get the wheel hop out of the tires. they were fine before i took it in, well they finaly got it right.
    nother time i took it in to get it aligned, i had been driving the truck for 5k and after the alignment it was wear out my tires way to fast. went back they said it's fine. there went my tires, when i got new ones(at another branch) they said my alignment was way off.

    so Zepplin how do you align, do you have the tools??\

    ARQ.

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  4. AntAZBlaz

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    The place that I went to, where they finally did it right, had my truck up on a lift with reflective panels that were attached to the wheels. There was a computer that emitted light and took readings in order to get the alignment set up correctly.
    I had one of my friends tell me to do my alignment myself.
    After seeing how they do it with the right tools I see that I would not have been able to do it correctly, unless there is some thing that I missing out on.
    Is there an easier way to do your own alignment? Let me know.
    Anthony
     
  5. Pugsley

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    Next time you need an alignment take it to Fletcher's on Country Club in Mesa. They used to be the only shop in town that would do my Ford (which needed aligned about every 2 months) right.

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  6. Executioner

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    You do have a tape measure don't you ?
    The other tool is you eye.
    Measure the front of the tires, then rotate the tire 180 deg's, then measurer again .
    Give it a try !
     
  7. Cmoe

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    If you stay and watch them and tell them that you want to see as they adjust..... For oversize tires the only place that use to be able to do it right was Campus Alighnment (on Rual).

    C'moe

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  8. Zepplin

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    I just used my eyes and a tape measure when I replaced all my steering components. I just looked at it from front of the vehicle and I a made sure the wheels weren't toed in or out too far. I drove the truck like that for almost 3 years and no tire wear problems!

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