Can someone riddle me this...
I had my car aligned today at a shop, it was a little better, but still
a little off, which could be for many reasons other than the alignment.
But, I took a look tonight at the report the manager gave me, the
specifications indicate that the technician used the specs for a
1991-96 Ford Escort. I did tell them what year car I have before they
So onto my question, is the aligning equipment influenced by the
specifications that the technician pulls up, or are they just pulled up
for a point of reference?
If they are pulled up as a point of reference, can I safely assume that
the aligning equipment is used in such a manner that is independent of
the specifications, that the equipment works off of the position off of
the wheels on the car to get the best possible alignment, and not some
settings in a computer?
Would the technician make incorrect adjustments based on the wrong
specs, or again, work off of the positions of the wheels to get the
best alignment possible?
If so, should they align the car again using the 1990 specs, or does it
not matter because the tech would have already tried to get the best
I know I am repeating myself with these questions but the answers I get
will determine whether or not I spend anytime following up with the
shop, and I don't want to waste my time needlessly.
I am concerned because I don't know anything about wheel alignment
equipment but I do know that the 1990 is a Detroit car (1st gen) and
the 1991 is a Mazda car (2nd gen), possibly a big difference in the
wheel alignment specs based on the frames and drivetrain.