Electronic measuring gauge and apparatus for accurate vehicle stance diagnosis and guidance in effecting wheel alignment

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 4977524
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07293014

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Electronic measuring gauge and apparatus therefor comprising in combination apparatus and method for use in inspecting and determining vehicle body elevational position relative to the suspension which supports the vehicle body from the wheels or the floor on which the wheels rest. Components are provided to store and present alignment and body elevation measurement points for subsequent call up to suit a specific vehicle presented for inspection and a measuring device for finding the measurements at the measurement points. The apparatus and the method of its use increases the accuracy of inspection and reduces the time required to perform the linear measurements to assist in vehicle wheel alignment operations.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
Hunter Engineering CompanyBRIDGETON, MO162

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Schmieley, Donald A St. Louis, MO 1 30
Strege, Timothy A Maryland Heights, MO 43 763

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