After sorting out the engine problems (AFM and thermostat) and the brakes (discs and pads all round) my next task was to sort out the uneven wear pattern on the tyres. Some of which was caused by the previous owner running tyre pressures of 20 psi.
I rang a couple of body shops asking about 4 wheel alignment and was surprised to find they all used Tyreland. This included a body shop that specialised in BMW and Mercedes. All said they were the muts nuts and that they had the latest Hunter equipment.
Well I have to say I am not a great lover of tyre dealers but I thought if its good enough for BMW etc its good enough for me.
The service was first class and the mechanic (debatable name for a glorified tyre fitter) certainly new his stuff. He showed me a print out of the present settings, both front and rear toe angles were out. Camber and caster were both within tolerance. Asked me if I wanted them adjusting.
Well that what I was there for.
The front was not a problem, but the near side rear adjuster was seized. After a total of 2.5 hours the job was done and I was given a coloured printout of before and after. Cost £58 which I was pleased with. As the spider is booked in for an MOT on Tuesday I asked about 2 new rear Goodyear Eagle F1's and was quoted £180 fitted. The best quote I had previously had was £198.
So with the steering correctly set and two new rear tyres what a difference. Less road noise, old tyres were like a fifty pence, the steering seems sharper and the car now drives in a straight line.
I think the service was first class, with loads of free coffee, the price was fair but only time and tyre wear will be the final judge. Would appreciate feedback on how often the steering geometry should be checked as judging from the number of previous post it is easily upset.
Next the dreaded MOT