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Practical Corner Weighting: 1. Equipment Setup

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1. Equipment Setup

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00:00 - The first step of our process is to set up both the area that we're going to be completing our corner weighting as well as the equipment we're going to use.
00:08 And in this case we've actually covered these two steps within the body of our course, we're obviously setting our flat patch up in exactly the same location on our workshop floor so there's not a lot of point here doubling up on our workload, if you really want an in depth look at that, you can refer back to the practical skills section of the course.
00:30 Just to highlight the key steps that you're going to go through here, to start with you want to find a suitable location, obviously you want an area of solid concrete and we want something that is at least resembling a flat surface to start with, we want to then mark out the area where all four tyres are going to sit on the ground, making sure that we're not going to end up with our corner weight scales straddling any irregularities in the surface, such as the expansion joints that we've got on our floor here.
01:00 Once we've got the location of our car marked out on our floor we can then roll the car out of the way and go about checking our setup area to ensure that it's flat.
01:09 You'll remember here we're going to be using a couple of sockets, along with some aluminium extrusion and either our digital level or a simple builder's level to ensure that the flat patch is in fact flat from side to side, front to back on all four corners.
01:26 If we do need to make any adjustments here, we can shim the low corners of our flat patch using something like the vinyl tiles that we demonstrated in the practical skills section of the course.
01:38 Once we're confident that our setup patch is in fact flat, we can then unpack our scales and get these set up.
01:45 Here, we're again using our Intercomp SW650 scales and there's not really a lot to do here.
01:52 The key elements to make sure that the underside of the scales is free of any debris or dirt that could affect the way the scales sit on the ground and the consistency and repeatability of our results.
02:06 From here, we want to make sure that we're laying the scales out in the correct orientation, taking note of the marking on each of the scales and locating it in the correct corner of the car.
02:17 From here it's still a good idea to perform a bit of a sanity check once we've got our scales powered up by standing on each of the scales one at a time and making sure that your weight does display in the correct location around the car as you'd expect.
02:32 From here we also want to make sure that our scales are all reading zero and if that's not the case, we can zero individual scales or all of our scales before we get started.