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Old 05-21-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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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
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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I used to do it every 10K miles back when I was commuting 100+ miles a day because I wanted to get max life out of the tires. I bought one of those lifetime deals at a local chain, so the cost wasn't bad at all.

I'd say the vehicle gets the same amount of alignments as it used to mileage-wise, but since I now only drive maybe 5 miles round-trip a day, it's not nearly as often. Definitely overdue, though, especially since I put on new struts.

Mike
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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Whenever I change tires, IF there is uneven wear. Also whenever I notice pulling or uneven wear.

I used to do it always with new tires, but so many times had to go back because it started pulling after the new "alignment" and the shop would want to sell me other "needed" part and I had to see the manager and explain that all was fine until they messed with it.

And yes, you need it with new struts/suspension parts.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:49 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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When ever I notice un-even tire ware, replace any major components, or replace the tires. Firestone life time alignment's are a great thing(if you can find a good firestone by you).
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:54 PM
 
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How often do you guys do balance?
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:06 PM
 
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Whenever I find a problem such as uneven tire wear or pulling and whenever I get new tires.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueDay1 View Post
How often do you guys do balance?
Whenever I notice a vibration.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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I only do an alignment if something about the way the car handles or rides indicates it's needed or if any suspension part that could change the alignment is replaced.

The wheels are balanced every 5k miles when they're rotated for free at discount tire.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I haven't aligned any of my family's vehicles in at least 20 years. Haven't needed to.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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Only when I purchase new tires or if the car starts pulling one direction (after making sure tire pressures are correct).

One think I can't live with is a "cocked" steering wheel. So you are going down the road straight but the wheel isn't straight.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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When installing new tires as the service is thrown in with the sale.

When installing new steering/suspension parts other than shocks.
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