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dom
11-29-2010, 03:01 PM
How do you know when you need an alignment?

What are the benefits of having one?

What happens if I don't get an alignment when I get new tires?

Mithrandir
11-29-2010, 05:18 PM
How do you know when you need an alignment?

What are the benefits of having one?

What happens if I don't get an alignment when I get new tires?

Helps to get even wear on your tires.

I think there are some mechanical benefits as well, but I am not sure exactly what are the benefits.

Ken
11-29-2010, 05:24 PM
How do you know when you need an alignment?

What are the benefits of having one?

What happens if I don't get an alignment when I get new tires?


Benefits - Vehicle will track true, tyre wear is minimised, steering effort is minimised.

What happens? - If your tracking is OK, nothing will happen. If your tracking is actually out then vehicle will pull to left or right, tyre wear will be increased over normal and more effort will be required to turn in one direction compared with the other direction.

I get mine checked every couple of years or so when I have new tires fitted.

Ken.

grouch
11-29-2010, 10:05 PM
If your front end is out of alignment it will suck a lot more fuel. It can also chew the tires up really quick.

MikeHalloran
11-29-2010, 11:27 PM
BUT... if your front end _is_ in alignment, the car doesn't steer strangely, you haven't hit anything, and you got good life from the tires you're replacing, you have nothing to gain on the alignment rack.

I've noticed a lot of pressure from tire dealers in recent years, trying to sell alignments I don't need, and front-end parts I don't need either. A favorite tactic is to unload part of the suspension in such a way that a part or two can move around, and then calling it to your attention as a severe problem that should be addressed right away. There are suspension parts that will wiggle, given the chance, when unloaded, even when new or normally worn. Unfortunately, there _are_ parts that warn of impending doom in that way, so unscrupulous techs, yes even ASE certified ones, can take advantage if you don't know what you're looking at or don't bother getting an independent opinion.

Again, if the old tires are not worn in an odd way, just old and worn, and the car isn't doing something odd, just refuse to put it on the rack. It's not like they give you a longer tire warranty with an alignment, right?