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Having issues finding somewhere to get wheel alignment done around Surrey area. I have been getting serviced at Monza Sport, they declined to carry out at last service. Found a 3D 'state of the art' wheel alignment place called Tutts of Dorking. At first attempt where Giulia was not set up on the system and was sent away with no alignment. The second time they could check the alignment after setting up the car on the system but claimed due to the radar on the front bumper they could not correct the alignment issues they had found. They reckoned that if they corrected the alignment that it would knock out the alignment of the radar and the car would pick up phantom obstacles. A further piece of kit called adjustment boards or something is required which they didnt have.

Was very annoying but admittedly the garage were very apologetic and made amends with a gesture I accepted so cant complain about them too much.

Is the radar complicating wheel alignment correction a thing anyone has heard of?

Has anyone else had issues carrying out this what I thought was standard maintenance. Which Alfa Specialists offer alignment for the Giulia that does not cost an arm and a leg? Any help appreciated. Front Caster and Camber are out, so will start to munch my front tyres pretty soon. Any help appreciated. Thanks
 

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I've also heard of people having alignment done on giulia without any problems.....
 

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Having done a bit of research it seems that there are issue on VAG cars with adaptive cruise control (ie using radar). On occasions doing the alignment can knock the radar off. The bit of kit and amount of time sound like it can be expensive. From the Skoda forum it was being discussed it is a bit of pot luck whether the radar alignment needs to be recalibrated. A lot of garages don't take the risk due to liability issues. I suspect the garage I went to, did not have the piece of kit to correct and could not guarantee the radar would be ok. So with no way to fix something that might happen decided not worth the risk of me kicking off if I came back to a car that the FCW system (and ACC if I had it) started throwing a hissy fit.

Would be interesting to know if anyone has had an issue getting wheel alignment done?

I have booked the car into a local Merityre for a 4 wheel alignment check and am going to see what they say. I have had a quote from an Alfa Specialist for 4 wheel alignment for £120+vat and they want the car all day. Seems a bit excessive unless they are going to calibrate the radar too. So am going to try and avoid if possible for now. But will confirm if they check the radar is still aligned after.
 

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Had my Giulia in for it's 19k service a few days ago, at my 'indie' that's looked after my cars for years
Called me to inform me that the front tyres were down to the core on the inside - rest of the tyre tread was well within limits
He said tracking probably out - I asked if he could do the tracking, and he said yes, no probs
Collected it from Service with new front tyres and tracked-rectified
Couldn't have a chat with him as he'd left for the weekend, but had a chat with his colleague as to whether he'd seen any problems when my guy did the tracking and he said 'no, he just seemed to get on with it like he normally would.'

I will call in and have a chat with him when I have the time to get his comments on the tracking... and report back :)

Had a couple of 159's in the past and had similar challenges with the front tyres as I remember - looks like it could be a 'perennial' :|
 

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I had my Giulia 4 wheel aligned on a 'Hunter' machine about two weeks ago. Front toe was slightly out and it was corrected successfully. They didn't go anywhere near the front radar unit.
 

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On Polish forum good a few Giulia users changed their suspension to Eibach (-25mm or -20/-25), everybody did only wheel alignment, checked light allignments and drive without problem since. My Veloce goes for upgrade to Eibach tomorrow (Q4 Veloces are 14mm higher set than standard RWD so must lower it), mechanic will do wheel alignment and will go to NCT center for lights check. No plans to recalibrate radar now - I will keep an eye on its behaviour (extra cautions) - if anything will give me reason to believe it behaves any different, I will book radar recalibration.

I doubt recalibration of wheel alignment can do a lot to radar behaviour - heavy passenger in the car do more misalignment of the body than say tiny 1deg correction of wheels IMHO.
 

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I had a gatahe refuse to do it on my RS6 due to the adaptive cruise (kwik fit cowboys). Then I took it to my local indie garage and had it done 3 it 4 times with no issues. I also had the car riding at various ride height with different suspension set up and no issues. And I had the front bumper (where the radars live) on and off a couple of times, again, with no issues.
my Alfa has been lowered. No issues so far. I think it's a precaution but from my experience even lowering the car doesn't make any noticeable difference to the operation of adaptive cruise, and the automatic braking etc so fairly sure a little bit of toe or camber adjustment will be OK.
 
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