Can you do an alignment at home?

While it's possible to do a DIY alignment at home, it's best to have a mechanic do it for you at a service center near you. You can do the wheel alignment separately or as part of your annual tire care service and vehicle maintenance at Tom Kadlec Kia.
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Can I do an alignment myself?

Can you do wheel alignment at home? You can perform the job at home with the right tools, though only if you have experience working on your own car. Otherwise it's best done by a professional mechanic.
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Why is my wheel shaking when I drive?

1. Tires out of Balance. This is the most obvious and the most common reason that you might experience a shaking steering wheel. If your tires are out of alignment or out of balance, they may send shakes through your vehicle and to the steering wheel.
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How much does wheel alignment cost?

The cost of an alignment depends on several factors: The number of wheels: A front-end alignment, which involves only the two wheels on the front of the car, typically costs anywhere from $50 to $75. Four-wheel alignments cost more, usually $100 to $150.
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How long does a wheel alignment take?

Under normal circumstances, a wheel alignment will take an average of one hour, whether it's a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicle. If there's too much wear and tear or damage on the suspension system, steering bushing, track rod, or other parts, it'll take a longer time as some components have to be replaced.
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Is alignment easy to fix?

Proper wheel alignment is one of the most important criteria to keeping your car driving safely and happily. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most overlooked. Many people deal with the signs and symptoms of poor wheel alignment, often unaware that it's an easy fix.
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Do you need an alignment after replacing all 4 tires?

A wheel alignment isn't necessary when you have new tires installed, but it's a really (like, really) good idea. An alignment helps ensure that all four tires are correctly angled with each other and the road.
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How often do cars need alignment?

For virtually all vehicles, it's necessary to get your wheels aligned periodically. Most car experts recommend scheduling an alignment every other oil change, or approximately every 6,000 miles.
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How do you know when car needs alignment?

5 signs your car needs an alignment
  1. Your steering wheel isn't centered. ...
  2. Your vehicle pulls to one side or the other. ...
  3. You notice abnormal tire wear in certain spots. ...
  4. The handling feels loose. ...
  5. The steering wheel doesn't return to center.
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What's the difference between wheel alignment and balancing?

While both services contribute to a smoother ride, tire balancing and wheel alignment are not the same services. A tire balance corrects the weight imbalance on your tire and wheel assemblies, while an alignment corrects the angles of the tires so they always come in contact with the road in the right way.
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What is a 4 wheel alignment?

A 4-wheel alignment refers to adjusting all four wheels, which is typically required on all-wheel-drive models, with independent suspensions. This may include a front toe and caster adjustment, just like the front end alignment, while the rear wheels receive a toe and camber adjustment.
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Why does my car shake at 60 mph?

Tires. Tires are the most common reason a car shakes when it reaches 60-mph. Tire balance, or lack thereof, makes the steering shake as the car increases in speed. Typically, the shaking begins as an automobile gets to 55 mph and only becomes more problematic as the speedometer increases to 60 or more.
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What does it mean when your steering wheel shakes over 60 mph?

If the tires are out of balance then the steering wheel can shake. This shaking starts at around 50-55 miles per hour (mph). It gets worse around 60 mph but starts to get better at high speeds.
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Why is my steering wheel shaking at 60 mph?

Your steering wheel may be shaking if your tires are out of balance. Drivers normally notice shaking around 50-55 mph, but this can happen sooner, for instance, if your front tires are losing air or sustaining breaks and cracks. Many of our customers report shaking gets worse around 60 mph.
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Why does my tire look crooked?

Tire wear may also be a good indicator that your car needs a wheel alignment. Uneven or inconsistent tire wear patterns usually mean that the alignment is off. If one front or rear tire shows a much different wear pattern than the opposing tire, you may need to have your car checked.
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Should my steering wheel be straight after an alignment?

The short answer is that your steering wheel should almost always be straight after a professional does an alignment. The whole alignment process revolves around getting your tires square, pointing in the right direction, and parallel with one another.
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Will an alignment fix shaking?

In most cases, a wheel alignment will stop the shaking by ensuring all wheels are positioned in the same direction. One of the quickest ways to diagnose misalignment is to check the tire's tread. A vehicle out of alignment will often make tires wear unevenly, with the inside tread worn much more than the outside.
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Is it better to get an alignment before or after new tires?

For the most part, doesn't matter whether you get your alignment before or after having your new tires put on. Most experts agree that the only effect worn tires have on your alignment is a change to the vehicle's ride height which, given today's steering and suspension design, should be negligible.
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