guitar42December 27, 2007

Hello all and Happy New Year--Yesterday I had to buy 4 new tires for my '97 Ford Ranger extended-cab 4WD, 3L, V6, rear wheel drive, truck from a local Town Fair Tire Center here in Seymour, CT.

Front end alignment was n/c but they charged me $48 for computer balancing and,(this I really don't understand--),

$49 for a REAR wheel alignment. I have never heard of aligning the rear wheels on ANY vehicle I can think of that has a static and fixed rotating axle w/ no means of adjustment that I can see. My Ranger has drum brakes in rear, pads in front. Opinions? :)

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Typo, or otherwise simply a poor communication occurance.

$49 for an alignment likely means a Rear Thrust Angle Alignment was performed. This means the heads are installed and compensated on all four wheels. Similar to a four wheel alignment, except adjustments are only performed in the front of the vehicle. This gives the machine the ability to measure the thrust angle of the rear wheels and aids the technician in centering the steering wheel while the front wheels are aligned. In many way's you can probably chalk this up to a non technician service writer getting tongue tied as he/she attempted to communicate the services that were performed.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2007 at 12:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You're obviously someone who knows what they're talking about because that's EXACTLY what happened...I found out the kid behind the counter was new and wrote invoice up wrong. Lead tech. explained it almost verbatim over the phone. The place I had tires done is very reputable so I new something else was up. Thank You very much and God Bless...... :)

    Bookmark   December 27, 2007 at 3:16PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
car alarm going off at odd times
We have a Hyundai that suddenly decided the entire...
Chickey Wingz
Cost to Replace Car Battery?
DH took our 2005 Jaguar X-Type into the dealer for...
Blown tire on a dying car........
Well, in my other post I talked about how my transmission...
Radio antenna badly bent at car wash
I know this is going to sound really stupid but what...
Tire Question
I have a 2007 Honda Ridgeline with 13,000 miles (yes,...
Sponsored Products
Slide Design | Rococò Chaise Lounge, Illuminated
Platea Wall Sconce
Luceplan | Metropoli D20/17 Outdoor Light
$333.00 | YLighting
Mason Chandelier by Hudson Valley Lighting
$1,498.00 | Lumens
WAC Bronze Xenon 36" Wide Under Cabinet Light Bar
Euro Style Lighting
Juno Track Lighting Glass Cone GU10 Satin Chrome Track Lighting R716SC
$23.97 | Home Depot
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™