High tech tools for Castlegar automotive techs

Glacier Honda technicians have new, laser-assisted, wheel alignment system.

The staff of Glacier Honda have a new John Bean V3D Imaging Alignment System which utilizes lasers and mirrors to accurately measure wheel alignment on all makes and models of vehicles. Pictured (L-R): Allan Sanders

The staff of Glacier Honda have a new John Bean V3D Imaging Alignment System which utilizes lasers and mirrors to accurately measure wheel alignment on all makes and models of vehicles. Pictured (L-R): Allan Sanders

Glacier Honda has a new state-of-the-art wheel alignment system to help keep Castlegar and area vehicles rolling true.

A John Bean V3D Imaging Alignment System, which utilizes lasers, mirrors and advanced imaging software to accurately measure wheel alignment on all makes and models of vehicles, was purchased as a new addition to the range of services the dealership provides.

Allan Sanders, service manager of the shop at 1602 Columbia Avenue, said the machine was purchased locally then delivered and installed by Magnum Marketing of Surrey.

Magnum also provided two sessions of on-site training for Glacier Honda’s technicians. Some courtesy cars have already been worked on as part of the training.

“When we expanded the business a couple of years ago, we put in a four-post alignment hoist in anticipation of this,” said Sanders.

Sanders said when they were doing research on which machine to purchase, they found that about 65 per cent of all vehicles on the road need alignments to some degree.

“Improperly aligned wheels shorten tire life, compromise safety and can prematurely wear steering components,” said Sanders. “A wheel alignment audit is $34.88 and can tell us if the vehicle even needs an alignment.”

Two-wheel alignments service charges are $79.88 and four-wheel alignments are $99.88 but Sanders hinted some “promotional pricing” may be coming.

Glacier Honda is located at 1602 Columbia Avenue in Castlegar.