Wheel Alignment/tracking - Really a Dealer only?
I wonder if someone could give me a straight answer about Tracking and Wheel Alignment on an A3 please?
I have done a search, and not found anyone who has had the answers I have had from Tyre garages, so I suspect I am being fed a load of bull for some reason.
I have had to have the front right, and a left rear wheel bearing replaced recently. Now Elsawin recommends that after a front wheel bearing is done that the tracking and wheel alignment is checked. I assume this is because the lower arm is removed to gain access, and that the drive shaft etc removed.
My mechanic said that it wasn't strictly necessary but said he would recommend it having it done for piece of mind.
Since I have the bearings done, the car has been feeling a little odd on occasions (not quite as 'planted' as before) so I have put it down to the fact that the alignment probably does need checking. Steering still appears to be straight.
So I have contacted my local National Tyres, ATS and Kwik-fit centres who are supposed to be able to do this, and all have replied that it is Dealer only job. They have said that the vehicle has to weighted correctly and they don't have the equipment to do it.
Is this correct or am I being fed a load of bull?
I'd rather get it done properly so if it is correct then thats fine, but if anyone know somewhere that is capable of doing it other than an Audi Dealer please let me know. (I'm near Cannock, Staffs)