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Old 05-22-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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I drive about 15,000 a year, I check the alignment every year.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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I have found alignments to be useless on older cars because they cannot hold. One bump and they are out of alignment. My car pulls hard to the right, and always has. I have never done an alignment in the 5 years I have had it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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never align my cars either because they don't need to be..
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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never align my cars either because they don't need to be..
What brand and year, and with how many miles?
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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The Main Dealers (Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin) both do it as part of a full service at 10,000 miles or every 12 months, so both get done yearly.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines..
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You should alway have the tire rotation checked every 7,500 miles. Thats usually what the tire companies recommend to keep their tire warranty in check. It would be best also, to bring it to where you bought the tires if possible that way they can keep a running file..
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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How often do you do wheel alignment on your car?

A) Every 5,000 miles
B) Every 10,000 miles
C) Every 50,000 miles
D) Whenever you change tires
E) Never
E. I never do wheel alignment. I don't have an alignment rack and really can't justify that expense when the shop only charges me $60 to do it.
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Old 08-18-2016, 03:02 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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My answer (as a consumer, not an auto expert) is....it depends on the car and driving conditions.

My 2001 Hyundai Sonata spent almost as much time in the shop as it did on the road, but one very positive thing about it was the smooth ride it gave me. It had many problems, but after 5 years the original Michelin tires still had tread and the car ran straight. I then purchased a 2006 Camry LE and the front end has frequently been out of alignment. It also eats tires. A former neighbor who owned a Solara told me he's also had trouble with the front end and tires wearing out too quickly.

I'm on this thread because today I had an appointment for an oil change at 1:00. At 2:30 I was still in the waiting room watching Breaking Bad (I just joined NetFlix) I was told they do a thorough inspection, which is what took so long. He then showed me all the service checks performed and told me everything checked out except for the alignment. He even showed me pretty color pictures to explain why my tires will wear unevenly with an improper alignment.

So how do you really know when you need an alignment unless your tires show uneven wear or you feel a pull as you're driving? In May 2014, I bought 4 Yokohama tires which is when I had my last alignment. I always request a 4 wheel balance and an alignment when I buy new tires, so I'm positive I had one done then.

I suppose I could have refused the service today, but I try to have faith in humanity. It was $99 for a 4 wheel alignment and $34.99 for a synthetic blended oil change. I was planning to pay cash for the oil change. Good thing I carry plastic.
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Old 08-18-2016, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Never. I live in Michigan. Have you seen our roads? There is no point in getting alignment, it will not last until you get home from the shop.
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Old 08-18-2016, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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I get an alignment with each new set of tires, replace a steering part or if I notice uneven wear (usually means something needs to be replaced)
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