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2012 Honda Civic Sedan DX 4dr Man

2012 Honda Civic Sedan
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
28 (Est) mpg city / 36 (Est) mpg hwy
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March 6, 2012, 5:01 pm


Question: Alignment?

I was in Sears tonight for a tire repair and they said they checked my alignment and the car needed an alignment. They provided a computer printout documenting said need. Not knowing how to evaluate the legitimacy of this "advice" (valid recommendation vs money-making scam) I deferred on the aligment.

Tires were put on about a year ago (about 9,000mi) and car was aligned then. Any way to independently evaluate their claim?

Thanks so much.

March 7, 2012, 3:33 pm

Ron W
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The only way to see if you need an alignment is to put the car on an alignment machine and do a quick check. normally most shops don't do that for a tire repair.

What I will say is unless you have abnormal tire wear, worn suspension or pulling when driving you .probably are fine without one. You could take it back to the shop who installed the tires, they may do a check for you for free since it was only 9K miles ago.

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March 7, 2012, 4:50 pm


Thanks so much, Ron. I'll have my regular mechanic check it out for me when I go in for inspection. At this time, there's no discernible abnormal tire wear and certainly no pulling when driving.

Again, many thanks!


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