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IcEWoLF 01-17-2013 09:52 AM

Question about alignment
 
I own a 2010 2.5i and dealer suggested me that I should get an alignment done past 15k miles. I declined since I only clocked 16k miles and did my first tire rotation a year ago. I had 0 problems with my car and how it drives.

Should I have gotten an alignment or should I just wait?
I don't have a long commute and the roads in my area are very good (no potholes)

GTEASER 01-17-2013 10:15 AM

Get some sport springs with a mild drop and then get it aligned. :)

3.6rrrrrmatey 01-17-2013 12:29 PM

Depends on how much you care for peace of mind on your tire wear.

BAC5.2 01-17-2013 12:44 PM

Go to Autozone and buy a $.99 tire wear gauge. Monitor wear across the surface of the tire, and rotate tires frequently. If you start to notice abnormal wear, get it aligned. If you don't, and the car handles fine and tracks straight, then I wouldn't bother.

Remember, the dealer often suggests services for THEIR benefit, not yours.

islandborn 01-17-2013 01:16 PM

generally I just watch my tires for wear....I may get one every 12k.... which is not the best way, but the time to do an alignment is difficult to find.

GTEASER 01-17-2013 01:27 PM

I just passed 10k miles, first tire rotation was at 8600 and they were dead even all the way around. The car tracks well, doesn't shimmy or vibrate, and is smooth as a baby's butt between 60 and 90. The only reason I would ever get an alignment (other than when changing to lower springs) is if I start getting uneven tire wear or vibration/shimmy/darting.

IcEWoLF 01-17-2013 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BAC5.2 (Post 4250714)
Go to Autozone and buy a $.99 tire wear gauge. Monitor wear across the surface of the tire, and rotate tires frequently. If you start to notice abnormal wear, get it aligned. If you don't, and the car handles fine and tracks straight, then I wouldn't bother.

Remember, the dealer often suggests services for THEIR benefit, not yours.


Thanks bud! & everyone else. :)

IcEWoLF 01-23-2013 08:03 PM

So the dealer quoted me $270 for the alignment...
I just received an email today from my dealer and offered me this:

Quote:

$79.95
Subaru models only. Must present when service order is written. Not valid with any other offer. Valid only at Lithia Reno Subaru. Plus tax, shop supplies, hazardous waste fee if applicable. Some makes and models may be higher. No cash value.
Expires 3/23/2013.
www.lithiasubarureno.com


islandborn 01-24-2013 05:41 AM

Most shops here charge about $80 for an alignment... $270? They probably include a two hour massage in their waiting room. :p

PoManzAWD 01-25-2013 08:33 AM

Dealers love to recommend an alignment because it's all profit for them.

Like said, if your tires are wearing evenly and the car handles like it should, there is ZERO need for an alignment check.

FWIW, the last time I owned a vehicle that needed the alignment checked/adjusted was around 1988. It was a 1984 (or 85) Ford EXP. :eek:

Joel

GTEASER 01-25-2013 09:27 AM

^^Yep, me too. In '89 I had my 1972 240z aligned after I replaced the control arm bushings, ball joints, tie rods and added adjustable T/C rod bushings. A few months later I cranked more caster into the front suspension to help turn-in at speed and adjusted the toe myself in the driveway with a measuring tape and a few pieces of thick plywood. Haven't had a car aligned since and I have had 4.

MasterPeon 01-27-2013 11:32 AM

Does anyone have any specific alignment specifications that work well? Or do you just go with stock values?

RailKill 01-29-2013 08:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IcEWoLF (Post 4259538)
So the dealer quoted me $270 for the alignment...
I just received an email today from my dealer and offered me this:

Damn! $79.99 is average but $270?!?!

I just paid $49.99 to get my alignment done by my dealer. It was a special they were running. Normally they charge $99.99

GTEASER 01-29-2013 08:50 AM

When I do my springs I am going to Mann Engineering for the alignment. Talked to them and they charge $100 for a 4 wheel alignment and $130 if you have adjustable camber in the rear and/or anything other than OEM camber adjustment in the front. Not bad at all!

fredrik94087 01-29-2013 04:37 PM

If you are running a harsh suspension setup and or low profile tires with low UTQG rating, then alignment will be a bigger factor.

For example when I ran RE050A's at $330 each with a 140 treadwear rating, I got an alignment every 8,000 miles. Coincidentally, that is about how often I had to change rear tires. Rears twice as often as fronts. I didn't want any kind of uneven wear.

With the legacy, I'm running $110 tires with a 340 treadwear rating. Unless I actually see significant uneven wear or adverse handling characteristics (which is hard to tell with so much sidewall roll) I'm not planning on doing an alignment until I get new tires...which may be in 20,000 to 30,000 miles.


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