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    Default Alignment question

    I will be installing my new struts and springs soon and my Moog tie rod ends.
    I know you need an alignment after installing both. But dont i have to wait til the springs settle to get an alignment? Is it a good idea to do struts/springs & tie rod ends at the same time? I was also wanting to replace my front sway bar links with Moog's. Do installing these require alignment?

    So bacially what all parts require an alignment after being installed?? I dont want to do multiple alignments!! So i need to know what and what doesnt require alignment. thanks for your info

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    Default Re: Alignment question

    if you want just install the springs/struts and then a week later do the tie rod ends and then go get aligned...

    tbh it really isnt going to matter


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    You don't want to pay for an alignment twice, so do the struts and springs, and the tie rods and endlinks BEFORE you get the alignment. If you need to wait a bit, go ahead. But don't wait too long, otherwise you'll be picking up a set of new tires too...

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    Default Re: Alignment question

    firestone has a lifetime alignment plan.

    here's a coupon for it too

    basically it costs as much as 2 alignments, but you get them for life.

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    Default Re: Alignment question

    Quote Originally Posted by ninja View Post
    firestone has a lifetime alignment plan.

    here's a coupon for it too

    basically it costs as much as 2 alignments, but you get them for life.
    nice thanks man

    Quote Originally Posted by BColeman View Post
    You don't want to pay for an alignment twice, so do the struts and springs, and the tie rods and endlinks BEFORE you get the alignment. If you need to wait a bit, go ahead. But don't wait too long, otherwise you'll be picking up a set of new tires too...
    great thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninja View Post
    firestone has a lifetime alignment plan.

    here's a coupon for it too

    basically it costs as much as 2 alignments, but you get them for life.
    I had a lifetime alignment plan once, on an 86 Acura Legend. It worked out pretty well considering, cause I owned the car for 17 years and had the plan for at least a dozen of those years. You do need to be aware of a couple of things though:

    1) As was pointed out, the upfront cost will generally be "at least" double that of a standard alignment.

    2) Some plans may limit the number of alignment "checks" you can have (like 2/yr or once every so many miles, etc., so read the fine print and be sure you are ok with it.

    3) The main purpose of such a plan is to get you back in the shop on some sort of regular basis (once or twice annually), so they can attempt to sell you other services (like brakes, tuneups, oil changes, all kinds of flushes, CV cracked boot replacements, etc.). The need for some of these is questionable of course. There is nothing wrong with that marketing logic, but you just need to be aware of it (as I'm sure many posters here are).

    If your vehicle is prone to getting out of alignment often, or if you hit a lot of potholes and curbs , it can be a good deal to have such a plan. I've never considered it on my Elantra, though, cause I'm at 38k miles and have yet to have an alignment done. Will probably have it checked when I buy new tires (around 45 to 50k miles), but so far the tires are wearing well.
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    Default Re: Alignment question

    you don't need an alignment after the sway bar links, and you don't need one after the outer tie rod ends (but that's only if you know what you're doing). You will however defintely need one after the springs/struts.
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    if you want to count the threads...but if your getting one done anyway...you might as well just slap the tie rods on just before the alignment


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    Default Re: Alignment question

    Theres a far easier way than counting threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypher View Post
    Theres a far easier way than counting threads.
    whats the easier way? the only way i know is counting the threads

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    Just break the jam nut loose then use your fingers to put it against the outer. Just spin the outer off all the way then screw the new one until it hits the jam nut. Viola, it is exactly where it was before without needing to sit there and count threads. Use your brains kids
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    Default Re: Alignment question

    but without looking on the machine the alignment could be off and then your just putting on new tie rods on the funky alignment. same goes for counting the threads...


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