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Old 07-17-2014, 06:58 AM   #1
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I got new rims+tires around january and they ford tech said I should consider an alignment cause the steering wheel doesnt always sit straight when you come to a stop, but he also said its not a big emergency and living in our town with so many potholes, I could get an alignment then lose it on the way home.

As far as I can tell the tires are wearing evenly so far...should I get one? What all damage can a bad alignment cause besides tires wearing? Do you think all these months of driving without alignment has messed anything else up?
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:24 AM   #2
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An alignment will ensure that your car drives and brakes straight, and handles properly, making your ride safer. You'll also get better gas mileage because your tires will be properly aligned with the road, decreasing resistance.
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An alignment will ensure that your car drives and brakes straight, and handles properly, making your ride safer. You'll also get better gas mileage because your tires will be properly aligned with the road, decreasing resistance.
sounds good, (especially the MPG part ) I have decided that I will do it because I vowed to take the best care of this car so I will go ahead and schedule the alignment ASAP!
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:32 AM   #4
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Also my friend said a good alignment will make your car faster because as you said, less resistance.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:42 AM   #5
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Find a place where you can get a lifetime alignment, or a package deal with multiple tire rotations and re-balances. Best thing I ever did. Tires are the most important part of the car, take care of them and everything is better!
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Find a place where you can get a lifetime alignment, or a package deal with multiple tire rotations and re-balances. Best thing I ever did. Tires are the most important part of the car, take care of them and everything is better!
Ah good idea, what shop did you go to? do any of the franchise type shops do them? how much did it cost? the ford dealer wants 90$ for the alignment.
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Find a place where you can get a lifetime alignment, or a package deal with multiple tire rotations and re-balances. Best thing I ever did. Tires are the most important part of the car, take care of them and everything is better!
+1...I bought a lifetime alignment at Firestone Complete Auto Care...I go every 6 months (as recommended)...check to see if there is a local chain where you live...it's totally worth the 1 time fee.
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An alignment will ensure that your car drives and brakes straight, and handles properly, making your ride safer. You'll also get better gas mileage because your tires will be properly aligned with the road, decreasing resistance.
so true good post..mine gained 2mpg on the computer after being aligned.
get it done dude..the fella that did mine said they leave the factory not perfect..
do it and you'll find it drives way better aswell
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Also my friend said a good alignment will make your car faster because as you said, less resistance.
yes it will..very slightly..i noticed mine the second i got in it..i'll get mine checked every 2 years from now on
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+1...I bought a lifetime alignment at Firestone Complete Auto Care...I go every 6 months (as recommended)...check to see if there is a local chain where you live...it's totally worth the 1 time fee.
Chains and "lifetime alignments" may be good enough for some or even many people.

Just don't ever expect them to set your alignment to any custom specs or even tweak the settings to better suit your driving (based on either your tire wear, local road conditions, or through dialog across the service counter). Keep this in mind if your car is lowered or if you have any intention of ever lowering it, never mind that some shops don't care to work on lowered cars to begin with.


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Chains and "lifetime alignments" may be good enough for some or even many people.

Just don't ever expect them to set your alignment to any custom specs or even tweak the settings to better suit your driving (based on either your tire wear, local road conditions, or through dialog across the service counter). Keep this in mind if your car is lowered or if you have any intention of ever lowering it, never mind that some shops don't care to work on lowered cars to begin with.


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This is true, and I appreciate the insight...good thing the Service Manager at the Firestone I go to tracks his modified S2000 so the option of a custom spec'd alignment is available!!!
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Just make sure you get a good shop with a good mechanic with references. I've gotten cars back from alignment with the steering wheel off center, the caster set backwards, nothing done, dented hubcaps. etc. My '99 GT had 183k miles on it when I sold it and I never got it aligned, but the roads here are good and I never hit anything. Luckily.
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