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Old 07-05-2007, 04:50 AM   #1
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Does a wheel alignment really take 3.5 hours?

How long should a wheel alignment take please? I am about to have 4 new tyres fitted & have been quoted 3.5 hours just for the wheel alignment by a MB dealer

I realise the importance of good wheel alignment, particularly at high speed, however, does it really take that long to do?

I've had laser alignments done in the past elsewhere, for all 4 wheels on a M5 & I'm sure it took them half an hour.

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no.

but in any event, your dealer is not charging you by the hour for an alignment, are they?
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but in any event, your dealer is not charging you by the hour for an alignment, are they?
Thanks for your reply. Yes, the dealer was going to charge by the hour (3.5 hours!) for the wheel alignment!

Just had the wheel alignment done by my local tyre fitting company. They did a laser wheel alignment on all 4 wheels for 30. They did it in 20 minutes.

Memo to self : Do not use MB dealer for tyres etc.
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I realise the importance of good wheel alignment, particularly at high speed,
not just high speeds, but also to obtain even wear on the tires, esp the fronts/inner portion of tire.
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yes it does take that long because they make little adjustments, test, adjustments, measure etc.
every time i took mine in they always took about 4 hrs total.
they don't charge by the hour on alignment though. $120 for the whole job.
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yes it does take that long because they make little adjustments, test, adjustments, measure etc.
every time i took mine in they always took about 4 hrs total.
they don't charge by the hour on alignment though. $120 for the whole job.
They charge by the hour here

I must say it doesn't feel 100% right. I might end up getting it done properly by MB after all! Mind you I'm still waiting for my 2 front tyres to be delivered, so that might be the problem.
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They charge by the hour here

I must say it doesn't feel 100% right. I might end up getting it done properly by MB after all! Mind you I'm still waiting for my 2 front tyres to be delivered, so that might be the problem.
You are all being ripped right off , Tracking on any car does not change , only if there is chassis/suspension damage through an accident or Kerbing , the thing to check is the rear control arm bushes on these cars , these wear and cause rear end steering on and of the throttle, simple to replace and not expensive to buy . All these tyre centers want to check your tracking and say it wants adjustment , have them adjust it and go to another and they will most likely want to do the same . i have been in the game a long time . If your geometry is out 99% of the time its bushing wear , adjustment is not the answer . PS if you know your car and its not been in an accident or kerbed heavily , check bushing not adjustment . PS I have had a e300 TD estate for 4 and a half years , once it is right it should stay right . Dont let them have your money ! !
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You are all being ripped right off , Tracking on any car does not change , only if there is chassis/suspension damage through an accident or Kerbing , the thing to check is the rear control arm bushes on these cars , these wear and cause rear end steering on and of the throttle, simple to replace and not expensive to buy . All these tyre centers want to check your tracking and say it wants adjustment , have them adjust it and go to another and they will most likely want to do the same . i have been in the game a long time . If your geometry is out 99% of the time its bushing wear , adjustment is not the answer . PS if you know your car and its not been in an accident or kerbed heavily , check bushing not adjustment . PS I have had a e300 TD estate for 4 and a half years , once it is right it should stay right . Dont let them have your money ! !
also whenever there's suspension change, swap springs/shocks or even pads, i'd do an allignment right away after it settles in
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Update: now I've had all 4 tyres replaced & a laser alignment done for 30, the steering feels perfect
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