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Driving misaligned vehicle #4692121
03/12/18 05:36 AM
03/12/18 05:36 AM
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New England
madRiver Offline OP
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I am due for new tires with rear approaching wear bars and fronts a victim of broken tie rod for a few weeks.

I had tie rod replaced on my 2007 mdx this past week but shop did not have alignment machine. They stated I should get new tires soon due to wear and get alignment.

I may stretch replacement/alignment a few months($900). Any damage to vehicle driving on likely misaligned vehicle besides the tires?

Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: madRiver] #4692130
03/12/18 05:48 AM
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Char Baby Offline
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In my opinion, NO!
Not since you're replacing the tires anyway. You may see the front tires wearing in certain spots on the tread due to being out of alignment and you may experience some pulling to one side or the other. But, if you can live with it, you'll be fine and I think other will agree however, it is not optimal!


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: madRiver] #4692145
03/12/18 06:03 AM
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Id be careful driving in snow, depending how far off it is, your vehicle may not handle very well.

Last edited by rollinpete; 03/12/18 06:06 AM.

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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: madRiver] #4692157
03/12/18 06:14 AM
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Your vehicle might use more fuel if its out of alignment. It can also put more strain on the corresponding wheel bearings. Be very careful driving on wet surfaces with worn tires. Tires hydroplane at speed well before they are down to 2/32 or the wear bars.


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: madRiver] #4692158
03/12/18 06:16 AM
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Why would you wait to get an alignment. The tires have no effect on alignment.


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: madRiver] #4692168
03/12/18 06:30 AM
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On the other hand, the alignment will have an effect on the tires. You'll likely develop irregular wear, which results in noise and vibration - not to mention rapid wear.

Get the alignment BEFORE getting the tires (or shortly thereafter - as in a week.)


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: madRiver] #4692176
03/12/18 06:39 AM
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Just have a shop knock out a quick $50 toe-and-go alignment. It's probably all you need anyway.

Alignment now, tires later.


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: mightymousetech] #4692177
03/12/18 06:40 AM
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Char Baby Offline
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Originally Posted By: mightymousetech
Why would you wait to get an alignment. The tires have no effect on alignment.


I am assuming that the OP wants to do everything at once and not make two separate trips to the shop. 1 trip for the alignment now/1 trip for tires later. The money spent will be the same. Plus, the OP needs tires anyway. I understand.


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: skyactiv] #4692180
03/12/18 06:44 AM
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Chicago,IL,USA
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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Your vehicle might use more fuel if its out of alignment. It can also put more strain on the corresponding wheel bearings. Be very careful driving on wet surfaces with worn tires. Tires hydroplane at speed well before they are down to 2/32 or the wear bars.

^^^ OP, I know you are a more experienced driver than me, but experiencing slides with no control was no fun with my elantra (4/32) or my yaris (8/32) in snow.


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: CapriRacer] #4692188
03/12/18 07:01 AM
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Texas
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Originally Posted By: CapriRacer
On the other hand, the alignment will have an effect on the tires. You'll likely develop irregular wear, which results in noise and vibration - not to mention rapid wear.

Get the alignment BEFORE getting the tires (or shortly thereafter - as in a week.)


I would get the new tires as soon as you can drop the cash . Then drive from there to a place that specializes in alignment .


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: madRiver] #4692229
03/12/18 07:40 AM
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N.H, U.S.A.
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MadR - Can you feel the alignment out - its usually VERY noticeable.

You can get the toe pretty close if you have a flat driveway with string. But seeing you went to a shop to get a tierod, I guess you'd not be inclined to do a shade tree alignment.

Wonder if anything else was damaged/bent?


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: madRiver] #4692236
03/12/18 07:47 AM
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I wouldn't do it. That's a lot of excess pressure you're putting on your suspension components. Like for example you're tie rod ends have to take the straight of keeping the wheels straight. Remember you have power steering, so the amount it's pulling is a lot harder than you think.


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Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: rooflessVW] #4692247
03/12/18 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Just have a shop knock out a quick $50 toe-and-go alignment. It's probably all you need anyway.


your not going to find that for $50 anywhere near me!

Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: madRiver] #4692260
03/12/18 08:02 AM
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I agree with M_O_M. you'll wear everything faster with something far out of alignment. You pay for it now, or you'll pay more to fix it later. Your choice, and safety, and conscience if an accident occurs because of loss of control.

Re: Driving misaligned vehicle [Re: zzyzzx] #4692327
03/12/18 09:39 AM
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New England
madRiver Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: zzyzzx
Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Just have a shop knock out a quick $50 toe-and-go alignment. It's probably all you need anyway.


your not going to find that for $50 anywhere near me!


Around here its $100 for alignment but tire shop who quoted me $900 for tires discounted alignment to $50 if you buy/install tires.

I will do it.

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