Autolign W

New Zealand Classic Car - - Trade Professionals -

hen it comes to ba­sic wheel align­ment, most clas­sic car own­ers have an un­der­stand­ing of the es­sen­tial terms like caster, cam­ber, and toe, but when it comes to ac­tu­ally mea­sur­ing or, in­deed, at­tempt­ing to ap­ply the tech­ni­cal­i­ties of wheel align­ment to their cars, the only truly sen­si­ble so­lu­tion is for them to take a trip to a spe­cial­ist.

Of­ten left unat­tended — or in some cases just ig­nored — poor wheel align­ment can ex­pose a plethora of hid­den grem­lins re­lat­ing to your car’s steer­ing ge­om­e­try and sus­pen­sion, lead­ing to prob­lems such as un­even tyre wear, steer­ing that pulls to one side, poor han­dling, and the steer­ing wheel not cen­tring it­self when mov­ing in a straight line. Th­ese are all symp­toms of your car’s sus­pen­sion not per­form­ing as it should, and, in most cases, a sim­ple wheel align­ment can rec­tify th­ese prob­lems.

There are other ben­e­fits as well, the most ob­vi­ous be­ing the sim­ple fact that prop­erly aligned wheels will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce rolling re­sis­tance, which will al­low you to save on fuel bills. There are also good rea­sons for reg­u­lar wheel align­ment checks to save wear and tear on your clas­sic car’s ex­pen­sive tyres — be­lieve it or not, there’s re­search to sug­gest that af­ter ap­prox­i­mately 19,000km of nor­mal driv­ing con­di­tions, a car with a toe mis­align­ment of just 0.34 de­grees (0.17 inches) will have dragged its tyres side­ways for a dis­tance equiv­a­lent to al­most 110km.

We re­cently vis­ited steer­ing and sus­pen­sion spe­cial­ists Autolign at their Mount Welling­ton base in Auck­land and spoke to ser­vice man­ager Iain Wil­son about the com­pany and what they can do to re­store the sparkle to your clas­sic car’s han­dling.

Ac­cord­ing to Iain, “When it comes to wheel align­ment, you can have all the nec­es­sary elec­tronic equip­ment avail­able, but it’s the un­der­stand­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence of the op­er­a­tor that makes all the dif­fer­ence.”

Iain and his team have been in the busi­ness for many years and know just what it takes to get that clas­sic car rolling just as it should.

As far as sup­port and backup is con­cerned, Autolign (owned by BNT) is the largest steer­ing and sus­pen­sion spe­cial­ist in the coun­try and of­fers

pre­mium prod­ucts from re­spected man­u­fac­tur­ers like Bil­stein and Tein. Autolign also im­port and dis­trib­ute ad­di­tional items like Mon­roe shock ab­sorbers, Ran­cho per­for­mance sus­pen­sion and shock ab­sorbers, No­lathane bushes, and Pow­er­down sus­pen­sion com­po­nents via out­lets through­out the coun­try. The Autolign team also op­er­ates a ded­i­cated work­shop fa­cil­ity in Mount Welling­ton and is a li­censed re­builder of Bil­stein and Tein shock ab­sorbers.

A spe­cial­ized shock-dyno ma­chine al­lows Autolign to test, check and re­build, or cus­tom build shock ab­sorbers for any ap­pli­ca­tion, and the com­pany car­ries a full range of spare parts.

Autolign is also li­censed to pro­duce cus­tom-made No­lathane bushes, and it car­ries an ex­ten­sive range of moulds to suit most ap­pli­ca­tions.

Iain says that Autolign has seen tremen­dous growth in the Amer­i­can clas­sic car mar­ket and now carry qual­ity MOOG sus­pen­sion parts es­pe­cially for US clas­sics.

Iain also pointed out that, in many cases, the align­ment spec­i­fi­ca­tions of many clas­sic cars are not listed in any data­base, and own­ers have to rely sim­ply on the op­er­a­tor to get it right — and that’s why Iain and his team of align­ment spe­cial­ists have been so suc­cess­ful in ser­vic­ing the clas­sic car mar­ket for many years. They have the know-how to rec­og­nize what works and what doesn’t — that, ac­cord­ing to Iain, is tes­ta­ment to years of ex­pe­ri­ence within the in­dus­try.

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