Originally Posted by Flwestcoast
Love the responses, I have NO mechanical knowledge. I learn from it all.
I do know that the shop has an RV /large truck specific “contraption” (I have no idea what to call it) that the coach drives onto with laser sights that are attached to front and rear wheels. Maybe I should have asked more direct questions, not knowing what those are is my bad…. As to the specs my understanding is that the make /weights are loaded into the software program to properly do the alignment.
And I do know the drive home was better in that it didn’t pull to the side and was “easier” to steer. Could that be just my perception? No, it did drive better.
It concerns me the remarks regarding delivery driver hitting something on way down. I wanted to do factory pickup but it wasn’t allowed…. Should I now take it back for a closer inspection??
Any shop that spends the money for a new alignment machine will have well trained techs, as their training and continuation training is included in the purchase price. Modern align machines have to align the cameras, steering wheel (the steering wheel angle feeds in to the vehicle stability management system) lane warning system and the adaptive cruise control. If all is not right you get a dash warning light and usually a warning tome.
So if the shop did the best they could without throwing parts at it, it is probably as good as it gets. I would plan on having the coach checked again in 8-10.000 miles.
The printout looks like it is from a Hunter WinAlign with computer link. The tech scans the VIN into the computer. The computer goes to the manufacturers database (Freightliner in your case) and pulls down and sets the parameters for your vehicle. The computer then displaces step by step instructions and with suggested tools to preform each step. Diagrams are provided if ask for. A computer printout before and after alignment is supplied to the owner along with parts used. This machine is quite different from the Hunter Hawkeye used for four wheel alignment on cars and SUV.
Some of us have other lives.