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A quick one this month on the havoc cold weather can wreak when it comes to your wheel alignment system!
Keep your Turn Plates Turning, no matter the weather...
The severity of weather makes a massive difference of course but cold weather normally means more ice on the road. As such we see more salt, dirt and sometimes even sludge on the roads. All of this will collect within the wheel arches of vehicles and it can easily fall onto your turn plates. This will result in corrosion of the turn plates and their useful lifespan being decreased. Did you know a very fine spray of lubricant daily can save your turn plates from corroding? A small cost to make a big saving long term.
Caster Swings + the cold = A MUST!
Don't forget your caster swings, especially in the cold!
Most machines are able to bypass doing a caster swing and so this may not be a check you think to regularly complete. However, this could mean you are missing out on service up sales from damage more commonly caused during the winter months.
Hitting the kerb at any speed can have a noticeable effect on alignment but many don't realise the unseen damage that happens. We commonly see bent wishbones in the winter months from cases where a customer has skidded on ice and had an impact with the kerb.
Not doing your caster swing check could mean you are missing out on replacing bent wishbones. Your customers will thank you as they drive away safer!
Most modern computer wheel alignment machines use infrared technology. That includes 3D and CCD alignment machines.
We always receive, without fail, several callouts over the winter periods where erratic readings or blocked beams have been reported on these systems. The issue is often quite an obscure one.
We've found that many garages are now starting to use infrared heaters to keep their workshops warm in the winter. The issue? Unfortunately, these heaters are polluting the space with infrared rays. It is an easy problem to overcome though. The solution is to simply not to shine the heaters near the wheel aligners whilst in use.
Keep warm and keep aligning with the accuracy these machines are built to offer!
Your winter alignment woes?
Have you got any other winter alignment woes or tips to overcoming issues thrown up by the cold weather? Let us know now. Our engineers are always on hand to help. Call 01480 8-9-10-11 today and arrange to speak to a member of the alignment team.
Author | Warren Carr | Wheel Alignment Specialist
My name is Warren Carr and I'm from the team of alignment engineers at Hofmann Megaplan. I will be using this blog to regularly highlight some practical hints and tips which will help you, our garage professionals, achieve great results with your equipment, no matter the make of alignment machine.
Hofmann Megaplan are proud to supply wheel alignment equipment not just in the UK but also across Europe!
The above image shows one of our most recent installs of an
The Ecoline 88 is one of the most popular wheel aligner models ever sold by Hofmann Megaplan, not least because it includes some luxury additional features whilst keeping its overall cost down compared to similar machines.
Owners of this machine will enjoy the ease of use when attaching the 3-point 'GrabClamps', the heavy-duty mechanical turnplates and the advanced measuring heads that come as standard, making full 4 wheel alignment a walk in the park.
The 'GrabClamps' alone makes this aligner worth the investment. The measuring head is mounted to the wheel using sprung-loaded 'arms' that grab the tyre, and 3 nylon locators on the rim. This ensures there is no metal to metal contact and thus no damaged rims.
Whichever geographical market you are looking to purchase your new garage equipment for, you can contact our team today online and a member of the appropriate department will be in contact to help with your new purchase.
5-7 June 2018 | NEC BIRMINGHAM | HALLS 6, 19 & 20
Hofmann Megaplan is pleased to be exhibiting at Automechanika 2018, the UK's leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector.
This year we will have a wide variety of equipment and experts on hand to talk you through every aspect of our machinery.
We will be exclusively showcasing two brand new pieces of equipment. The megamount 813XL is the first tyre changer of its kind in the marketplace; a fully automatic machine, but without the traditional tilt back arm! This Tyre Changer uses an innovative parallelogram design to operate the mounting head with control and precision, removing all flex while fitting.
We will also be launching our new wheel alignment system, the Pulse 8. This Italian aligner is changing industry standards! The Pulse 8 from Hofmann Megaplan is the wheel alignment machine that fills the gap between our Ecoline 88 (ccd) and the Ssence 600 HD (3d). This launch will also be accompanied by a new balance program. This will feature on the MS420 and is an OWB program (one weight balance) which is completely new.
Speak to our team at Automechanka to find out more on stand M117 and see images from the show set up below.