A Proper and Complete Vehicle Alignment is a Critical Component to Safe Driving
Vehicle alignment and regular inspection of all three interrelated systems — alignment, steering and suspension — and replacing worn parts help assure safe, trouble-free driving and plays a vital role in vehicle safety by helping maintain optimum steering control and providing superior handling and stability. That is why, as part of our standard vehicle alignment service, we include inspection of all three interrelated systems.
For example, loose, under-responsive steering can allow a vehicle to wander or reduce a driver’s ability to avoid a hazard. Drivers may feel symptoms of suspension-part issues in the steering wheel. Additional “play,” pull, rattling or shimmy can all indicate a problem.
Alignment issues can contribute to improper and accelerated tire wear just as uneven tire wear can also be an indicator that there are problems with a vehicle’s steering or suspension parts.
The Brake System is the Most Important Safety System of Your Vehicle
If you suspect the slightest brake issue, your vehicle should be checked immediately. A properly maintained and operating brake system helps ensure safe vehicle control and operation.
Brakes are a normal wear item and eventually will need repair or replacement. Some symptoms to look out for are:
- Brake pedal pulsates when you apply the brakes
- Brake pedal feels “mushy”
- Noisy when you step on the brake pedal
- Low brake fluid
Anytime you suspect a problem, or you have one of these symptoms, it is time to get it checked. You can trust us to make sure your alignment and brake service are complete and done right.
Accurate Alignment & Brake Service History
Accurate Alignment wasfounded by Phil Zuidema in July 1976. Phil had worked in the automotive field his whole life throughout his high school and college careers. Phil attended and graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 1956. He continued his education at Ferris State University in Automotive Technology and graduated in 1958.
After working in multiple shops, Phil decided it was time to step out on his own and he started Accurate Alignment and Brake Service. Phil and his son Scott opened the shop in July 1976.
Scott was attending Grand Rapids Baptist High School and Kent Skills Center. He studied Automotive Technology at Kent Skills and worked at the shop. After he graduated in 1979, he went to work full time at the shop.
Phil and Scott continued to work together until Phil pseudo-retired in 2007. Phil's grandson Nathan joined the team while he was in high school in 2002. Nathan attended Grand Rapids Christian High and Kent Skills as well. He graduated in 2006, and then continued his automotive education at the University of Northern Ohio for 2 years and graduated in 2008. While attending college, Nathan would come home on weekends and work at the shop. Nathan now works full time at the shop with Scott.
Scott purchased the business from his dad in 2008, although Phil continued to go get parts and come to the shop to help whenever he was able.
Phil passed away in 2016, having just seen Accurate Alignment reach its 40th anniversary!
Scott and Nathan continue the tradition set by Phil, still today, with hopes of the shop seeing another 40 years!