This course is designed for the new or less-experienced individual. We cover fundamental four-wheel alignment and proper tire balancing. Topics include alignment theory, equipment operation, common OEM adjustment methods found on light-duty vehicles, tire/wheel balancing theory, and practice. We also provide an overview of suspension and steering systems. Course consists of classroom lectures and hands-on training. Modules are structured to provide in-depth knowledge of alignment equipment operation while providing opportunities to perform vehicle alignment processes.
By the end of the course, the participant will be able to:
- Describe camber, caster, toe, and thrust angle and the related effects these angles have on tire wear and vehicle handling
- Set up the aligner and accurately measure the adjustable angles using the latest John Bean aligners
- Perform a four-wheel alignment using the most common OEM adjustment methods found on today's vehicles using SLA and strut suspension systems
- Describe balancing terms and procedures used by John Bean wheel balancers