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Alignment after front end work necessary?

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May 20, 2022, 11:00 AM

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Just replaced the front left CV axle, wheel bearing, and lower ball joint on my 2011 Ford Escape XLT 4WD V6 3.0L. I know conventional wisdom is that you should get a front end alignment after doing most types of front end work. However, if I let go of the steering wheel going 70mph, the car doesn't pull in either direction. I take this to mean that the alignment is fine and I don't need to have it professionally aligned. Is this a safe assumption or should I still get the alignment done?

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May 20, 2022, 11:18 AM

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It's not the pulling that you have to be concerned with. The toe-in is the critical adjustment that will wear tires the fastest and it has no symptoms.

The particular parts you changed should have a minimal effect on the alignment but it should still be done to protect the tires. It only takes a very small amount of toe change to scuff the tires severely.


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