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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] home car alignment tools
From: "Mullen, Tim (IS)" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:42:45 -0600
David Hillman wrote:
>    If you haven't got a level place to work, though, I imagine you'd
> chasing your own tail so much that it wouldn't be worthwhile.

Correct, but you can always make a level place to work.  :)

Get a pile of floor tiles from your local hardware store - the cheapest
you can find.  Also a long flexible tube (cheap plastic hose) and a
couple of chunks of wood (2x4s about a foot high) and a few tie wraps.

Make a "water level" - tie wrap the long tube to the chunks of wood and
fill the tube with water so that it comes about halfway up the 2x4s when
they are placed next to each other.  Mark the level of the water in the
tubes on both chunks of wood.

Then place ends of the water level where the tires are going to be, and
raise the lower one until the water lines up with the mark.  Put however
many floor tiles you need under the lower one until they water is at the
marks.  You now know that the two spots under the chunks of wood are
level.  Repeat for all four corners.  Keep track of how many floor tiles
you use in each spot (might even draw a box around the tiles and put the
number on the floor.

With the car parked on the floor tiles, it is now setting level for
whatever alignment operations you are going to do.

For a full alignment, Google "string alignment" and you should find some
good step by step instructions...

Tim Mullen

Chantilly, VA
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