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Re: FINAL: Wheel and Tire
From: Phil Payne <email@example.com>
Date: Thursday, January 29, 1998 7:02 PM
Subject: FINAL: Wheel and Tire
>In message <firstname.lastname@example.org> twain mein
>> So I took the A4 into the body shop this morning to
>> have them look at the wheel/tire and suspension.
>> Turns out the alignment is alright.
>I find it _very_ hard to believe that an event which could danage a rim
>in zero effects on alignment.
>I think it depends on your view of "alright". Did the shop use a laser (or
>other optical) alignment rig? It takes around 90 minutes to prep a quattro
>a proper alignment measurement - the wheel rigs have to be fitted and
>individually spun to zero out systematic errors, the axles have to be
>and relaxed, with each wheel on a separate turntable, etc.
>You should, at the end of the process, have a printout of the actuals
>the set nominals for the model. Then _YOU_ can judge what is "alright" and
>what is not.
> Phil Payne
> Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club
Phil is absolutely correct (as usual)! Our local Audi dealer spent
$50,000 on a computerized laser alignment machine specifically to service
A4's. This was a requirement before Audi would let them offer A4's for sale.
Boy, you should see those mechanics on a keyboard (painfuuullll!)
As an aside, the mechanic told me he wouldn't buy a new A4. Said the
aluminium suspension components didn't stand up to curb impacts and cost a
fortune to replace!
'91 200q 245k km