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  #1941229 17-Jan-2018 00:23
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Have there been tests to show things like savings, and whether everyone needs to get them done? I can imagine regularly driving on bad roads, or pushing the car hard would benefit, but I am skeptical about people who drive shopping carts around suburbs on good roads, that they ned it done as often.


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  #1941241 17-Jan-2018 07:09
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I have had wheel alignments done at Beaurepaires as part of buying new tyres and been pretty happy with the work done (Both Melling and Alicetown), I think the usual price is around $80? (happy to be corrected).


I have also heard rumours about the "yellow guys" who do wheel alignments that seem good but promote tyre wear (esp for people who live in Wainuiomata, the surface of the hill is known for eating tyres)



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  #1941374 17-Jan-2018 10:33
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How often should a wheel alignment be done?


I would also recommend it if you car deals with any substantial impact to the wheel (i.e. mounting a kerb at high speed, or striking an extremely deep pothole)





Father did that in his S4 and ended up with the control arm in the sump lol... Alignment wont fix that one! 

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  #1941655 17-Jan-2018 19:23
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, but I am skeptical about people who drive shopping carts around suburbs on good roads, that they ned it done as often.





Power steering in car parks is one of the biggest stresses on ball joints and tie-rod ends... You're fighting the grip of tyres.

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  #1941713 17-Jan-2018 22:26
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Just got it done @ tonys tyre service in petone $59 (also bought some tires)


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  #1978454 16-Mar-2018 09:46
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Bit of an Update. In the end, I got my wheel alignment done at Hutt Valley Tyres and it was a very reasonable price of $65. It only took 30mins and made the necessary adjustments to my car. Very happy.

  #1978468 16-Mar-2018 10:15
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Just paid $80 at Upper Hutt tyres.


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  #1978474 16-Mar-2018 10:37
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Just got it done @ tonys tyre service in petone $59 (also bought some tires)





Tonys quoted me $95 cry and I was buying new two new tiers.

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  #1978507 16-Mar-2018 11:01
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Do people in this forum actually check and rotate (front to rear) their own tyres? 


I probably have an advantage in that I've got a trolley jack, stands and a (battery) rattle gun, which takes most of the effort out of it.


I used to DIY alignment on my old Nissan Safari with a home-made jig and some string - there was only one thing which could be adjusted anyway (toe in), and a problem I had with it going out of alignment (due to worn panhard bushes) was never picked up by the tyre shop I used to go to (but no more), despite them charging a premium to do 4WDs.  Not saying that's going to be possible to DIY on a modern car, but at least if you rotate your tyres regularly and inspect them carefully, you could avoid the cost of unnecessary alignment checks - or "wasting" a set of tyres because you hit a pothole etc within 5 minutes of having an expert alignment done.

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