Tire alignment as a part of the entire wheel system is mandatory to keep maintained and up to shape. Possible situations and costs related to tire alignment failure can be huge so it is better to have all the maintenance up to date. Like we use to say better to be safe than sorry.
Usually the reason why tire alignment is not according to the factory standard could be very different. In most cases there is no reason to blame either company or driver. Simply said the reason is every day usage of the truck. Driving the truck all over the country and all kind of different roads and road and weather conditions leaves the mark on tire alignment as well.
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Bumpy roads, holes on the roads that are very hard to spot during dark and rainy weather all make the impact. Over a period of year let’s say you need to set the tire alignment to the starting position. Possible reasons also include:
As you can see there are all kind of possible reasons to have issues with tire alignment and of you are trucking company owner don’t blame company drivers please. Simply road surface sometimes is not the way it should be and in most situations drivers have very little to do.
If you already have a need to go and fix tire alignment then it would be the best to ask some of your friends and colleagues what is their experience with these services. The more info you gather the better it is for you. There are all sorts of alignment shops and tire shops where you can perform tire alignment optimization.
Some of those locations are really good and handy to just stop by the road. But here it is more about the work quality and it is kind of important who will be doing the procedure of setting up your tire alignment problems. Is it going to be a rookie or well experienced alignment expert that has done thousands of trucks in his career.
In most cases you will be able to see two different worlds and the gap between some local privately owned tire alignment shop and on the other side large national chain could be huge. But don’t judge on first sight despite all reasons could point you to fancy shop it is worth asking around to double check and make sure you choose the right shop.
This could also be a good way to find out more things and collect additional information, to see what experiences other trucking companies and owners have. As the internet popularity exploded 15 years ago there is a lot of forums that have huge base of members discussing on every possible topic you can imagine in trucking worlds.
Tire alignment groups are also well represented and you can find a lot of good first hand information. Also it is so advanced that even some truck manufacturers have their own forums where brand supporters can find all possible info they need to know about their trucks.
Also good thing would be to become a member of some forums and this way you can opt in for free newsletters where you can get status update and new info about certain subject (not just tire alignment) every week delivered in your email inbox.
Another good thing when it comes to forums is that most of them have special events organized for forum members exclusively. This way you meet people that are interested and well experienced in this area and this also a great opportunity for networking and connections.
I know some people that were able to land a great contact with people or companies they have meet on some meet-ups or forums gatherings. It might be very profitable so push yourself out of the bed and go on a forum or meet-up meeting.
This is a great way to save money. As mentioned before everything exploded when the internet become the mass media and become mainstream and bypassed the newspaper and all written media. Large national retails mechanic chains that service the trucking industry have been fighting for the attention of every single buyer.
If you take a small research over the internet you will be able to discover some pretty amazing deals and all kind of special promotion prices offered by the big players. They have a tactic usually that they will do everything in theory power just to bring you to their shop and very often they will use low prices to do that. Of course they have a long term strategy and after you bought something cheap they will try to sell you something expensive.
But they can always try to sell it and it is on you to say no to those kinds of offers. Don’t feel sad just go and use the promotion and fix your tire alignment. Those big players often work in a way that they have some “client acquisition budgets” set and they know that if they spend 500k in a year in acquiring clients that they will get 3 million worth new clients. They are smart and they know their odds so don’t feel bad – they calculated you in. Just use the service.
This is another side of the medal. Instead of going online which is way more convenient and easier it is better to take a quick drive to check the local prices. I know that it is way easier to sit at home and browse the internet and find the lowest possible price and point the truck into that direction.
But invest some time, some wisdom and take a quick drive around the state to see maybe there is still some experienced guy trying to make for his living. Believe me those guys know how to work and you can bet on them that your truck will be fixed perfectly.
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