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Is this the death of the Tilt arm? The Par Move Concept

813XL tyre changer with Par Move Concept Arm

The first Tyre Changer of its kind, the 813XL from Hofmann Megaplan, features a new concept in tyre fitting which is set to shake up the industry.

For most the sight of a tilt back arm is now commonplace on their tyre machine and has been for some time. However, there have always been some drawbacks for certain users where space may be a premium or strength and speed is a priority.

The 813XL from Hofmann Megaplan is the first of its kind with the introduction of the Par Move Concept. The patented parallelogram design works to eliminate flex, increase speed and reduce the required space for a machine. All mounted on a re-enforced chassis and with a robust fixed vertical tower, we could be looking at a new industry standard.

How the Par Move Concept works

With the mounting head attached to a fixed vertical column, it rotates around pivot points rather than tilting back in the traditional manner. The possibility for flex from the force of the arm is all but eliminated.

The Par Move Concept also means far less space is required as all movement is achieved through a series of pivots on the front of the machine. The machine sits flush with its back to the wall and allows over 1 metre of space to be recovered.

Par Move also offers far greater precision than traditional tilt arm machines. The movement of the mounting head on a traditional tilt arm is carried out through sliding parts and manual adjustments. The pins and bushings of the Par Move parallelogram system are far more precise.

The 813XL also includes a QuadraClamp 4 cylinder turntable and brand new IntelliPro dual assist arm system which gives users the simplest, most effective and most ergonomic twin-assist arm design Hofmann Megaplan have ever produced.

The 813XL is available now to view online. Call the Hofmann Megaplan team on 01480 8-9-10-11 for more information and to arrange a free live demonstration.

The ULTRA Package that Sells Alignment For You

Ssence Ultra package

Hofmann Megaplan is set to offer the most advanced 3D alignment system available to date on the market. But the ULTRA is more than just a 3D aligner.

The stunning design and slick operation of the market leading Ssence 3D wheel aligner has now been integrated with the easy to use, compact yet powerful TreadReader. The result? A next level alignment package that offers the owner ULTRA revenue potential.

The ULTRA is the first system to include technology designed not only to carry out alignment, but to actually help the end user sell both alignment and tyres. The ingenious handheld 3D TreadReader allows the technician to grab a full appraisal of the tyre condition in seconds, providing an on-screen or printed report. This gives the vehicle owner a clear insight into the adverse wear on their tyres and the need for alignment.

It is the complete integration of the products through the provided megaTab that makes the ULTRA both unique and intuitive in how it is operated. The addition of the TreadReader alongside the market leading Ssence 3D means alignment engineers can truly capitalise on the potential offered from owning a computerised alignment system.

Managing Director, Mark Berryman commented “Hofmann Megaplan are pleased to have been able to take our market leading 3D alignment solution and empower users to maximise its capacity. It is fair to say that the ULTRA offers a full wheel alignment servicing solution from prospecting phase right through to aligning. It’s like having your own dedicated tyre and alignment salesman full time.”

Hofmann Megaplan are pleased to exclusively offer the ULTRA alignment package, the only system with integrated TreadReader technology, at a discounted launch rate. Call the team now on 01480 8-9-10-11 to find out more.

The Wheel Alignment Blog | Watch the Steering!

Following a standard service and adjustment, there is nothing quite as frustrating as putting your alignment system away, only to find customers complaining that the steering wheel isn’t straight when the vehicle is driving in a straight line. 

This month we are going to look at a very common issue. Its one that regularly turns out to be the cause of misalignment yet is mostly nothing to do with your alignment system at all. However, it is all to do with how you use it. I’m going to tackle the all too common issues with alignment relating to the steering wheel straightness.

Following these steps and tips should help ensure the steering wheel and alignment match up every time:

  1. Firstly, ensure your machine is correctly calibrated
  2. Ensure your turn plates are in good condition (See last month’s Blog)
  3. Complete your vehicle pre-checks, I.E Tyre pressures, Tread wear, joint play etc.
  4. Check to see if you have clean lenses (CCD) or targets (3D)
  5. Ensure the clamps are fitted evenly around the rim
    • Ensure run out is done if using uncalibrated clamps I.E. 4 point
  6. Always use 4 wheel alignment, not 2!
    • 2 wheel alignment is only suitable for old vehicles where the rear wheels are hidden under arches.
  7. You should not be sitting in the car when you put on the steering wheel clamp on. Instead, lean into the vehicle to avoid any change to the bump steer in the car.
  8. Remember: clamp your steering wheel straight as that is where it will be when driving straight ahead.
    • Many customers clamp the steering wheel near the end of a castor swing believing the computer is asking you to clamp when straightening the front wheels.
  9. Continue with your alignment, bearing the below potential issues in mind.
Green on your alignment system

ALWAYS REMEMBER: You are not just looking to get all numbers on the readout green! The same numbers either side indicate a straight steering wheel.

Post Alignment Check

At the end of the alignment process, and just before you start to remove the heads/clamps, on select systems you are able to click back to the front toe screen in the alignment program. If you remove the clamp and wiggle the steering wheel from side to side, the numbers on the screen should change accordingly. Now try and equal the toe numbers either side. Stand back – the steering wheel should be straight. If not, re-centre the wheel and re-adjust the toe.

Steering Wheel Alignment Issues to look out for:Track rod mis alignment

  • When undoing seized or tight lock nuts, the extra force used could move the steering wheel around. It is only the steering wheel clamp that holds the front wheels straight so be careful!
  • I’ve found a lot of customers will heat up locked nuts or track rod ends to get them moving. As we know though, heat expands the metal and this can mean your system will give the incorrect readings. You can solve this by first getting the nut to move freely, then cooling it down with a cloth soaked in cold water. Now make the adjustment. You should be replacing the track rod ends as new MOT laws now forbid the heating of these components

Crabbing alignment issuesCrabbing

Crabbing is a common term used by mechanics and customers alike, but it should really be referred to as a vehicles thrust line. This is the direction that the rear road wheels/ axle are pointing.

On more basic alignment machines, such as laser or even some computer systems, it is important to check the rear alignment as well. Failing to ensure the rear wheels are in-line with the front may cause the vehicle to “crab”. This will mean you’ll never get the steering wheel straight. The driver of this car would be turning their wheel to the left just to drive straight!

It is important to understand that the rear wheels are dictating the direction of the car and the front wheels are only compensating to keep the vehicle straight or steer. This is why it is important to find the thrust line and compensate for it when using lasers.

Note: Most modern computers will compensate for this issue.

Author | Warren Carr | Wheel Alignment Specialist

My name is Warren Carr and I’m from the team of alignment engineers at Hofmann Megaplan. I will be using this blog to regularly highlight some practical hints and tips which will help you, our garage professionals, achieve great results with your equipment, no matter the make of alignment machine.

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