Topic: Beetle Wheel Alignment
Ok...a lot of us do our own work on our Beetles. There is almost nothing I can't or won't try on my Beetle...except for two things:
1. Mounting & balancing of tires. Tire shops really should be able to do this properly on our VW's...since the mounting & balancing of tires has changed very little in the past 50+ years. The only real things that have changed are hopefully better methods like "computer" spin balancing.
Believe it or not...when I get new tires for my Beetle, I usually take the tires/rims off my Beetle, and take them to the shop for the mounting and balancing in another vehicle. I don't even trust them to jack my Beetle up...because whether they use floor jacks or the big hydraulic jacks built into the garage floor, more times than not...a jack is going to be put into the wrong place & minimally scratch up the pan exposing it to moisture & then rusting...or the jack is put in the wrong place & deformation of the pan results.
2. Front - end or 4-wheel alignment. This is really the only thing that I won't do or try (unless convinced otherwise). I could do the mounting & balancing of tires if I had too.
My questions for the forum are:
1. Where does everyone go for front end or 4- wheel alignments on their Beetles?...especially if no trustworthy VW mechanic is in the area.
2. If you went to a national chain like place for the alignment, were you happy with the results?
3. If a trusty local VW mechanic is not available, what national chain shop would you recommend?
4. Does anybody do their own alignments, and if so what special tools do you use, and how difficult is it?