To rough check a frame for correct alignment, see Figure 2-32. The dimensions shown will provide basic information to determine whether a frame is enough out of alignment to require a major realigning job or replacement.

Because straightening a badly bent frame requires special tools and fixtures for holding, bending and gauging, this service is only offered by some of the larger dealerships.

Check entire frame for any signs of cracking and for signs of red oxide (rust) at frame connections. Frame should either be replaced or repaired by a certified welder.

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