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[ ALIGNMENT EQUIPMENT ]

W

hen a vehicle is properly aligned, then simply put, all of the vehicle's wheels move in the same direction. In theory, this seems
obvious, but in practice it can be more of a challenge.
With the number of miles put on each day and the transportation of heavy loads, the suspension and steering systems of a
vehicle can become misaligned at any given time for a number of
reasons. When out of alignment, further issues occur including
increased uneven tire wear and greater fuel consumption - the
two highest expenses for fleets.
Having the capability to complete a total vehicle alignment -
measuring and adjusting all alignment angles - is a beneficial
practice for fleets. This service can be completed in the shop or
outsourced to another service facility.
Fleets looking to bring alignment in-house should review best
practices for establishing a total vehicle alignment program.
This includes researching equipment options and tools needed, assessing where the service will be completed in the shop,
and identifying the technician training necessary to complete
alignments safely and accurately.

»»A technician tightens
U-bolts after changing
a caster wedge, during
an alignment service.
Photo courtesy of Big Rig Alignment

Benefits of vehicle alignment

A total vehicle alignment should be completed on a regular basis.
The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Recommended
Practice (RP) 642, Total Vehicle Alignment: Recommendations
for Maximizing Tire and Alignment-Related Component Life,
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Fleet Maintenance

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: Get Involved
The Role of Composites in Heavy Duty Trucking
Best Practices to Establish a Total Vehicle Alignment Program
Document Management in the Digital Age
Smoke Out Cabin Leaks
Four Keys to a Successful Extended Drain Interval Program
Management: Be Aware of Maintenance Scheduling Challenges in the Shop
Training: What Does Trucking Have to Do With STEM?
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial: The Ripple Effect of Unplanned Downtime
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime: Get Involved
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Fleet Maintenance - The Role of Composites in Heavy Duty Trucking
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Fleet Maintenance - Best Practices to Establish a Total Vehicle Alignment Program
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Fleet Maintenance - Document Management in the Digital Age
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Fleet Maintenance - Smoke Out Cabin Leaks
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Fleet Maintenance - Four Keys to a Successful Extended Drain Interval Program
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Fleet Maintenance - Management: Be Aware of Maintenance Scheduling Challenges in the Shop
Fleet Maintenance - Training: What Does Trucking Have to Do With STEM?
Fleet Maintenance - Fleet Parts & Components
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