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Tires or alignment: Which one first?
Posted 21 August 2003 - 12:32 AM
So, which one, do you think, I should do first? I can see the argument that says "get the tires first, then the alignment, that way the alignment will match the tires", but I can also see the argument that says "get the alignment first, otherwise your new tires will begin to wear unevenly when you put them on."
Due to cost considerations (i.e., me being a cheapskate) I can't get them at the same time/place.
Posted 21 August 2003 - 01:05 AM
The tyres on the car have worn themselves to match the present alignment. If you have the alignment done first, then the tyres will tend to pull the suspension out of alignment again. So, I don't think thats a good idea.
I say, get the new tyres first. The car might just track straight on new rubber. Odd things happen at toward the end of a tyre's life, and maybe carcass wear/damage is pulling the steering off the straight-ahead.
Of course, I would recommend doing them at the same time - beg or borrow, but don't steal the money
Oh, and don't pinch the pennies and get crappy tyres! Don't replace just one set of tyres, AWD centre diff won't like it.
Posted 21 August 2003 - 02:14 AM
Posted 21 August 2003 - 06:56 AM
Thats what did the spring. Alignments only need doing if you've replace a component or you live in a pot hole infested city. And of course, the tires will be the first thing to show this.
Posted 21 August 2003 - 07:25 AM
Do tires, then alignment, but do them back to back, or relatively close.
If you have an alignment that is off, and chewed down one side of your tire, and they do an alignment, the tire may not be sitting flush, they get a bad reading, and set the alignment specs to it, and when you get new tires, that bad setting will prematurely wear the tires.
How much extra wear or movement will happen by the worn tire......probably not alot, but it doesn't take a lot for the wear to happen.
Posted 21 August 2003 - 07:34 PM
Needless to say, if you have an alignment done before tires, you obviously want to put tires on of the same size. Otherwise it's useless
Posted 21 August 2003 - 10:51 PM
I think they could do an alignment with NO tires at all.
Hey! It'd be a hoot to haul your car down there with 4 donut spares on it and ask for an alignment! Film it like candid camera - cool! Ok who wants the assignment?
1 Lucky Texan
Posted 22 August 2003 - 07:02 AM
Therefore: Replace the tires first, and then do the alignment on all four corners.
Posted 22 August 2003 - 12:45 PM
Posted 24 August 2003 - 04:20 AM
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