Long time lurker, occasional poster. Work as an automotive technician.
I do a lot of wheel alignments. I make stupid money on them, and I rather enjoy doing them.
I had to do a wheel alignment on a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan. I did not know that the owner was a ham beast of epic proportions.
After I made all the adjustments that were needed. I had road tested the van to see if it wandered or drifted to one side or the other while the steering wheel was straight. Everything had checked out and I finished up the van and handed the keys to our service writer. Lamenting the horrid odor in the car. I drove that van with all the windows open.
I proceeded about my day with tires, oil changes and the like when my boss approached me and informed me that the owner of the van had returned and complained about the van drifting to the left.. I was a bit puzzled by this since I had road tested the van myself and it drove straight.
So I go to talk to this lady then the smell hit me. I wanted to gag. But because I have to deal with customers regularly, I put on a fake smile while writhing in agony over the horrid odor that had emanated from this overgrown pigs body, and spoke to this beast.
After a short conversation (while it was scarfing down a bag of cheetos) I sat in the passenger seat of the van while she was driving.
The van pulled to the left constantly. So I had guessed that the alignment was being thrown way the fuck out because her fat ass weighed the front end down by so much that it shifted the alignment.
So back to the alignment rack, with her inside the van. The degrees for Camber and Toe were off by 5 degrees at least. I set them to zero and I road tested the car with said beast again. The van drove straight.
And when I solo'd the road test, the van pulls to the right...hard.
I wrapped up the work and sent it's ass out of the shop. Me and my co-workers were laughing when she left.
I also found out that the alignment rack can see the weight of the car. Normally this is used for setting up a alignment on a race car.
Standard weight was 5700lbs for the van. The rack read 5940 because of the extra shit inside. Then when it was in the car, the readout ws 6324.
6324 - 240 - 5700 is 384. What a fucking fat sack of shit.
I'll post more horrors from the shop as I encounter them.