- Road test vehicle and check for brake pulsation, brake noise, wheel alignment pull, steering wheel centering, suspension stability, tire balance condition, transmission shifting and or clutch engagement, and engine performance concerns. Visually inspect tires for wear resulting from alignment, or balance problems. Check front and rear suspension components for wear at all visible bushings, pivots, sockets, and joints. Check the condition of all drive belts, radiator hoses, heater hoses, brake hoses, and verify level and condition of engine coolant is good. Check engine, transmission, final drive, and differentials for any oil leaks. Check CV drive axle boots for cracks or tears. Check ignition system components consisting of plugs, ignition wires, coils, and or cap and rotor if applicable. Check exhaust system fittings, clamps, and gaskets for leaks or damage and verify condition and levels of power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and differential or final drive fluid. Test all vehicle exterior lights for illumination, turn signal operation, and emergency flasher operation. Hook vehicles components to the VAT45 digital analyzer. Perform a full electrical system diagnostic including a complete analysis of starting and charging system components; vehicle battery (connections and cables), alternator output (belt tension and condition), and starter operation.
- Remove calipers, clips, and bracket assemblies. Remove the front disc brake pads and clean and lubricate the caliper slides. Replace the front brake rotors and install new brake pads. Perform all necessary system adjustments and vacuum bleed brake calipers. Top off master cylinder to proper level, and road test vehicle.
- Remove calipers, clips, and bracket assemblies. Remove the rear disc brake pads and clean and lubricate the caliper slides. Disassemble the rear emergency brake components, and clean and lubricate all associated hardware and linkages. Reassemble the emergency brake assemblies, and deglaze the emergency brake shoes. Set the shoe width to fit the inside diameter of the rotor assemblies, and verify the adjustment. Replace the rear brake rotors and install new brake pads. Perform all necessary system adjustments and vacuum bleed the brake calipers. Top off the master cylinder to proper level, and road test vehicle.
- Remove the vehicles wheels in order to gain access to the outer tie rod end. Remove any components that interfere with the removal of the tie rod end (braking components, shields). Remove cotter pin and the hardware that attaches the tie rod end to the spindle and adjusting sleeve. Remove the faulty tie rod end and clean the threads in the adjusting sleeve. Apply anti-seize compound to the threads of the new tie rod end and install into the adjusting sleeve and spindle. Tighten all hardware to manufacturers specification and grease all applicable joints on the steering components and reinstall vehicles wheel. Since the steering components were disassembled, a 4 wheel alignment is needed to set vehicles steering characteristics back to original specifications.
- Road test the vehicle to verify any alignment concerns. Check and or set all tire pressures. Install targets on the vehicles wheels, and take initial alignment measurements. Adjust the factory toe angle to specification, and verify that the other alignment angles on both the front and rear axles are within specifications. Note: Shims, Eccentrics and labor for fixed alignment angles in both the front and the rear are not included.
Jeff R. gave our service a 5 star review on 6/16/2021