Alignment / Balancer Course

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


    None. Previous automotive experience preferred.

    $350 per student – 8 hours class time