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I have an older coats wheel balancer. Works great and is accurate. The problem is that on modern car 19-22" wheels it becomes really hard to eyeball the correct place on the wheel for the weight. Extra spins become common because the last weight was a few degrees off the mark. Newer balancers have laser pointers that make it easy. Has anyone retrofitted a pointer to their older balancer? Did you buy a kit or did you build something? I've done some searching but I can't find anyone that's done this before. I feel like it would be really handy.
By HK Blackbird
Our shop is being refitted with all new equipment.
Up for discussion is the choice of wheel alignment lifts.
The local distribution here in Hong Kong, has two brands on offer:
Hunter, who are well known and reputable, and Ravaglioli, who are well-represented, but
relatively unknown to me.
Does anyone here have any information to share on the pro's and cons of these two?
I've had mixed results with Italian equipment in the past, some good, some tragic.
Hoping to avoid any unnecessary shedding of tears, blood and cash.
Who else went to SEMA this year?! Last year we won some small tools from an OTC diagnostics competition and this year, we won a free Hunter SmartWeight Wheel Balancer (even though not the road force, its a huge upgrade for us). All you had to do is post a photo on Instagram and use their hashtag. I think they have this competition every year.
Honda sent this to us along with the attached pdf poster.
Attention: Please Post This Important Safety Information for Your Customer
Last year, American Honda released a poster designed to help keep your customers safe. That poster identified certain Honda and Acura vehicles that may have been affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls affecting customers at that time. Since then, the inflator recalls have expanded, so we have provided an updated poster below that includes additional Honda and Acura vehicles that were not part of the earlier recalls. Please expect the physical copy of the poster inside the following publications in the second week of September: Brake &Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service, Tire Review, BodyShop Business, and Counterman. It includes a toll free phone number and web addresses where you or your customers can check a vehicle’s recall completion status. Please replace your existing posters with this latest version, and if you do not already have a poster on display, please share this information with your employees and customers right away by placing this poster in a visible location.
Please note that the new poster also distinguishes those vehicles considered to be of highest risk of rupture. This determination was made by the federal government based on scientific analysis by Takata of PSDI front driver airbag inflators – so-called “Alpha” inflators – removed from recalled 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles in the state of Florida revealed a very high rupture rate in laboratory testing. Based on this analysis, Honda concurs with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s recommendation that this particular sub-group of 313,000 “Alpha” vehicles should only be driven to a dealer in order to have their Takata airbag inflators replaced as rapidly as possible. There is an abundant supply of replacement inflators and the repair is free of charge and can be completed quickly.
With your help, we can help ensure that our shared customers are driving a vehicle that is safe. Please check VINs at recalls.honda.com for Honda vehicles and recalls.acura.comfor Acura vehicles or call 1(888) 234-2138 for open recalls. If a vehicle needs a recall repair, please advise the vehicle’s owner to contact their local dealer immediately to arrange the free repair.
Again, please keep this poster in a convenient location for your staff and customers to see.
American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. appreciates your support and cooperation in this effort to help keep our shared customers safe.
For all of you not familiar with the recall on '08-'11 Ford Escape and Mariner Electric Power Steering....
Now, I have a customer with a vehicle that is actually in the recall. The vehicle loses power steering erratically, the steering wheel vibrates with a slight pressure on it.
She took it in to her normal dealer (not closest dealer) to have them look at it because she was having steering problems and also because she recently received the recall letter.
Apparently, they scanned for codes and found none,(it has shown a B2278 , though, everytime it's been here since the problem started showing up), so, according to the pdf posted, they were to only reprogram. They did. Didn't make a difference, of course. I'm wondering if they just "say" there was no code so they could charge for problems after the recall was completed.....
Anyway....she brings it to my shop today. I check it out, find B2278 again...go over her recall papers, do a little research and then have a friend do an Oasis report....
I come to find out that the local dealer has claimed to have done the recall, and actually claimed to have replaced the torque sensor per the instructions in the pdf I posted.....However, she has never had her Escape in that dealership and won't....
Now....since two dealerships have performed two different operations to complete the recall, (I'm sure one of those is going to be kicked back by FoMoCo)......how does she go about getting her problem fixed without paying for it out of her own pocket since clearly, neither dealership planned on actually fixing the problem?
I want to raise hell and help her out, but I know that both dealerships probably want nothing more than to cover their own butts now, and FoMoCo would rather talk to the owner of the vehicle and not an independent shop like mine.
Thank you for any ideas or help.