This article originally appeared in
Big Rig Owner
April 1, 2014
By Bruce Mallinson
Last year, Pittsburgh Power became an MD Alignment authorized shop. If you listen to Kevin Rutherford on the XM-Sirius Road Dog Radio Show, you will know the value of the MD Alignment system.
Mike Beckett is the founder and inventor of the MD System and is known throughout North America as the leading expert on tire wear. He spends most of his time on the road finding cures for the OEM truck manufacturers and fleets. I have known Mike for the past four years and have always been impressed by his knowledge of suspensions and alignments.
In my 64 years, I have NEVER met a person so well-versed on this subject. Most of the trucks we see in our shop have in excess of 700,000 miles and there is wear in the suspension system. Most of the time, it’s the track bars and on Freightliners, the U-bolts that hold the rear suspension up are loose.
How can you get tire mileage and fuel mileage when the differentials are not tracking straight down the road? When your truck is in our shop it only takes one hour to check your alignment.
Improper alignment will rob you of thousands of dollars in fuel mileage and tire life. All you have to do is tell our service writer that you want your alignment checked.
Written by: Bruce Mallinson,
Pittsburgh Power Inc.,
3600 S. Noah Dr., Saxonburg, PA 16056.
Phone (724) 360-4080.
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