Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:05 pm Post subject: Alignment
Is it necessary to have an alignment done when replacing the front bearings or ball joints. I'm getting the work done at the dealer and would like to know if it's automatically done with this type of work or should I request it.
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If at any time of any day you think about getting an alignment, get an alignment. There aren't any adjustments on the ball joints (loaded control arms are dirt cheap and way less work btw) so in theory you don't need an alignment, but you should get one anyway.
i did my ball joints and control arms bushings a couple weeks ago... i still had a good alignment afterwards... still drives straight steeringwheel looks straight and it doesnt pull on bumps. i say no... u dont have to ... but if ur overly worried about it (like if u had brand new tires or something) i would. i also would if it was off after the procedure... mine wasnt though.
i did my ball joints and control arms bushings a couple weeks ago... i still had a good alignment afterwards... still drives straight steeringwheel looks straight and it doesnt pull on bumps. i say no... u dont have to ...
That doesn't mean the alignment is good. I had bad toe on my rear tires (equally bad on both sides) and the car tracked perfectly straight. The first indication of a problem I had was tires chewed up on the outer edges.
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