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    Bloke
    Car Wheel Tracking Cost
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    • 28th Aug 07, 3:52 PM
    Car Wheel Tracking Cost 28th Aug 07 at 3:52 PM
    Got a problem with my car pulling over to the left especially at motorway speeds so I'm thinking I need to get the tracking checked?

    Anyone any idea of an approximate cost of having this done? I'm away so going to have to get wife to take it in and she wants to know how much it's likely to be as in her own words 'I don't want to be ripped of because I'm a woman and don't know what I'm talking about - ask those friendly people on MSE you're always talking about and ask them how much I should have to pay'.

    Thanks,

    Paul.
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    • Crabman
    • By Crabman 28th Aug 07, 4:25 PM
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    • 28th Aug 07, 4:25 PM
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    • 28th Aug 07, 4:25 PM
    As a general rule I never pay over £20, the costs are usually fixed though, e.g. my local Kwik-Fit is £24.95 but a little garage is £19. May be an idea for you to phone in advance, get the price, then ensure she isn't charged for any extra jobs, etc. if that's what you're worried about.

    If she's into DIY she could try this
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  • Bloke
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    • 28th Aug 07, 4:38 PM
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    • 28th Aug 07, 4:38 PM
    Thanks Crabman, if I could get someone to go over and film her with a camcorder trying to do that I'd be quids in, I'm sure plenty of You've Been Framed type shows would be interested in the ensuing hilarities!

    Those prices seem fair for the job, I'll let her know the approx cost.

    Thanks again.
    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 28th Aug 07, 6:36 PM
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    • 28th Aug 07, 6:36 PM
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    • 28th Aug 07, 6:36 PM
    Just about any tyre shop will give a FREE check but just about ANY car WILL have the tracking 'out'!!

    The cost as above is pretty much correct, except the more specialist tyre centres, with 4 whell allignment systems (Supertracker) which can be 60+. Most cars won't REALLY need this, but just so long as you're aware of the differences in $"$

    Also is this a new problem, maybe you've a slow puncture, bumpaed a kerb, hit a traffic (H)carming road obstacle, or just not noticed it before?

    Worth having it done, even with budget priced tyres, it'll save a few $$, instead of early replacement & make driving more comfortable!

    VB
    • mr_accountant
    • By mr_accountant 29th Aug 07, 1:07 AM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 1:07 AM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 1:07 AM
    Tracking is 2 wheel alignment and is not of much use

    You really need a 4-wheel alignment, where it tracks the rear wheels, then centers the steering wheel, and finally adjusts the toe on the front.

    The good news is its not to expensive, a standard a car- maybe 30-40 pounds.


    2-wheel tracking will not solve tracking problems- bear that in mind
    • mr_accountant
    • By mr_accountant 29th Aug 07, 1:08 AM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 1:08 AM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 1:08 AM
    also what car is it? if only front toe is adjustable it will be cheap
    • roddydogs
    • By roddydogs 29th Aug 07, 7:58 AM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 7:58 AM
    Tracking
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    • 29th Aug 07, 7:58 AM
    The trouble with tracking is you will never know if its been done properly.
    Every car has a different amount of Toe-in or whatever.
    Ive paid before and watched a young lad fiddle about under the car, to do it properly BOTH track rod ends have to be loosened, in an old car the nuts are usually seized so they just go thru the motions, pretend theyve done something. its not until several hundred miles later that you will know if anything has been done, how may people check their tyres with a gage after every, say 100 miles, then they can always say "you must have bumped a kerb it was correct when it left us!
  • Bloke
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    • 29th Aug 07, 9:06 AM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 9:06 AM
    The car is a Honda Civic Sport 05 plate. I only noticed the issue after I'd had two tyres replaced, but the place I got them changed at (Costco) don't do wheel tracking and I'm led to believe it's unlikely this could actually be the cause of the problem?
    • Little John
    • By Little John 29th Aug 07, 9:57 AM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 9:57 AM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 9:57 AM
    You had 2 tyres replaced and you now have a problem?
    I would check that the tyres are the same on each axle (both the front tryes or both the rears match), fitted the correct way most tyres are directional if 1 is the wrong way it could case it to pull. check the try preasures I have had tyres done and a fauly valve or just not inflated enough has caused problems.
  • greyteam1959
    Dont bother getting the tracking checked take the car back to where you had the tyres fitted and TELL them to sort it out.
    Its their problem and as far as I can see this is a safety related problem and should be sorted by them immediately
    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 29th Aug 07, 7:10 PM
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    vansboy
    Did the new tyres go on the rear - this is accepted as THE correct axle for new rubber, as it will be more efficient when brakes are applied, especially in wet conditions.

    & yes, I'd agree to let the tyre seller investigate, if there is a problem with the new tyres, although I'd doubt this.

    My guess is you've new tyres on the front & now the tracking adjustment that was needed anyway, is more apperent, due to the new tyres.

    & on your model, a 4 wheel check would be $$ well spent.

    VB
  • moonrakerz
    Just about any tyre shop will give a FREE check but just about ANY car WILL have the tracking 'out'!!
    Originally posted by vansboy
    Not at Bathwick Tyres, they are honest !
    • anewman
    • By anewman 30th Aug 07, 2:55 PM
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    I asked a tyre fitter and he said he'd have noticed and it didn't need doing.

    Also, I've been told by the previous owner that on my car, a Skoda Favorit, the tracking is difficult to adjust and one garage refused/was unable to do it as they didn't have the required equipment or something.
  • iluvmylexus
    costco ALWAYS fit new tyres to the rear axle (unless they are different sizes to the front)
    check the tyre pressures to see if one tyre is below pressure
    go to a tyre shop that has a 4 wheel tracking machine
    cost is normally around 30
    speed is good
  • SAS0
    Wheels tracking
    I've jus tbeen quoted 49 by Kwik-fit.

    Luckly I had a quote from a local garage at 40, so Kwik-fit has a price match system.

    So finaly going to do mine on the Kwik-fit for 40 the 4 wheels.

    Apparently, from what the Kwik fit man said many people do tracking on the 2 front wheels only, which is not right if something is wrong with your back wheels.

    Also he said he uses the latest technology = Digital laser alignment machine.

    Does this seem to be correct or I'm being riped off ?

    Thank you
    • anewman
    • By anewman 12th Feb 10, 3:17 PM
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    I'd avoid Kwack-fit as they'll tell you your brakes and shock absorbers need replacing too.
  • AdrianHi
    Full 4 wheel laser alignment and tracking can be done for about 20 if your near enough to Micheldever tyres, Micheldever, south of Basingstoke Hampshire. Very busy place, constant stream of customers hence they are able to do it at that price. 40-80 is typical for the same thing elsewhere.
    • Jakg
    • By Jakg 12th Feb 10, 7:07 PM
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    Jakg
    Had my car tracked multiple times (dont even go there) - front is in the region of 20 and front and rear is about 45.

    Make sure they do it properly though - I had huge camber issues (leading to this tyre wear!) and had the tracking and camber checked which was "fine" and 1,500 miles later my new tyres ended up the same way - I bought a machine to check the camber and it was 3 out on each rear wheel... DIY'ed it to 0.5 and then paid 47 to get it redone and fixed properly.

    Similarly a garage claimed they could do full 4 wheel, camber, toe etc alignment for 30. Great, I thought... Until I turned up and they claimed they couldn't do it because I had non-standard wheels (which are exactly the same size as the 15" factory option on the car but still) as they weren't actually going to do a laser alignment, they were just going to to use a tape and do it that way...
  • Pew Pew Pew Lasers!
    Did the new tyres go on the rear - this is accepted as THE correct axle for new rubber, as it will be more efficient when brakes are applied, especially in wet conditions.

    & yes, I'd agree to let the tyre seller investigate, if there is a problem with the new tyres, although I'd doubt this.

    My guess is you've new tyres on the front & now the tracking adjustment that was needed anyway, is more apperent, due to the new tyres.

    & on your model, a 4 wheel check would be $$ well spent.

    VB
    Originally posted by vansboy
    New tyres go on the rear because its easier to control an understeering car, rather than an oversteering car.
  • stephssjr
    national tyres and autocare have a printable voucher offering wheel alignment for 14 cheapest I've found so far
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