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How to Tell if Your Car Needs an Alignment



Wheel alignment. How to tell if your car needs an alignment, DIY with Scotty Kilmer. How to do an alignment. Car alignment explained and why you shouldn’t do a wheel alignment yourself. Bad alignment and uneven tire wear symptoms. Proper alignment requires expensive computerized equipment that most people don’t have, so trying a DIY wheel alignment often doesn’t end well. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 50 years.

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23 comments

  1. ⬇️Scotty’s Top DIY Tools:

    1. Bluetooth Scan Tool: http://amzn.to/2nfvmaD

    2. Cheap Scan Tool: https://amzn.to/2D8Tvae

    3. Professional Socket Set: http://amzn.to/2Bzmccg

    4. Wrench Set: http://amzn.to/2kmBaOU

    5. No Charging Required Car Jump Starter: https://amzn.to/2CthnUU

    6. Battery Pack Car Jump Starter: http://amzn.to/2nrc6qR

    🛠Check out my Garage to see what I use every day and highly recommend:
    https://www.amazon.com/shop/scottykilmer

    ► Subscribe and hit the notification bell for all new videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/scottykilmer

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  2. Hey when I drive my trailblazer when it rains and I turn sharply it feels like the front tires are sliding all over the place what could be the problem

  3. Worked up a sweat on this one, eh Scotty?

  4. I love how you just state the facts no bs unlike other youtubers…….

  5. Unfortunately in my many years of getting alignments I've found that dealerships are the only ones that do them correctly. Just ask for the printout when you ask for it so you know that they actually did it.

  6. I drove my car out of alignment for a while to avoid paying the alignment cost, but I got a lot of expensive suspension repairs to do now, I think it might have been caused by driving out of alignment so probably a good idea to keep suspension and alignment well maintained in the long run.

  7. Most people get ripped off on their alignment. Most techs only touch the front toe. A real tech thats experienced adjust any and all needed to make it right. See it all the time. People spend years wondering why their car doesnt ride right and wears tires fast after paying for crap alignments.

  8. Scotty wears sunglasses while hes under the car

  9. … CAN YOU ALINE THE REAR WHEELS OF A FOUR WHEEL DRIVE …???? …

  10. I need a alignment on my caterpillar bulldozer.

  11. Tires make pretty expensive ' alignment indicators'.

  12. Good video Scotty thank you

  13. Anthony Rayvon Wylder

    Very comprehensive! Glad I have a GMC Minivan, very simple to see worn components. Great Scotty!

  14. Why would a stock car need a camber bolt? My shop i use says i need one one the driver's side to get the camber right ever here of that?

  15. When getting an alignment, please ask for "life time" alignment. Back in 1991, when I had my 1974 Toyota Celica front struts changed at Sears, they were offering special deal, the life time alignment. This was a deal in which Sears will align my car as long as I own FREE of charge. And it was only $39.99. So I bought this deal and I used to take my car to Sears for free alignment time to time when I felt alignment was off and that was a great deal. So next time if anyone need to have your car aligned, ask if the shop is offering life time. I am not sure how much they cost now but it will be just bit more than $39.99, but worth it.

  16. Hiii sir! I have e Renault Duster it Has 215/60R16 on tha Front and 215/65R16 on tha back! Just tell me this Can I run the car in this size tire !

  17. Small story about alignment that NO ONE thinks about. Ex-GF got rear ended in my new car. Car road like it was on rails before the accident. I had the cars alignment checked 3 times and it came back fine each time. 3 years later I was having the tires replaced and 1 of the rims was ever so slightly bent. So if you've checked everything else, check the rims.

  18. Maybe 1% of the time I'm going 55-70mph my car shakes violently. The steering wheel shakes too. Is this definitely an alignment issue?

  19. So how long would a complete alignment last given no accidents? Also what kind of tolerances do you have if you did your own alignment? What are the potential risks of doing your alignment? Do you think the quick trick alignment kit would be worth buying?

  20. A lot said in this video is incorrect, and even contradictory in and of its self.

    Front toe can be set correctly within specks with a simple tape measure. You can actually convert a tape measure measurement with angular geometry to convert to degrees if you want to get the total toe split, and check with proper specks, but there is usually no need. Toe in a 1/16th inch or so for the front end, typically. Front toe measurement is something almost anyone can at least check with just a bit of knowledge and a helper to hold one end of the tape measure. Rear toe alignment is more difficult because you need to find two symmetrical points of measurement, one point on either side of the car, or at least one true center point. Rear toe would be difficult for the average person to measure and make corrections, but it can at least be easily checked and if its off by lets say 1/4 to 1/2 inch or more, something is bad wrong. Anything over 1/8 of an inch would be suspect, typically.

    Its not necessarily true if a car drives straight you don't need an alignment. I have driven cars I know good and well the alignment is off by quite a bit and they drive just fine. IT can be that a bad front toe alignment will scrub all the rubber off the tires really really quick. All the while the car will drive just fine and all the while the tread is visually uniform showing almost no visible signs of wear to the average person.

    Some years ago I listened to an interview with Darrell Waltrip the stock car driver and stock car team owner and he was asked about alignment machines. To paraphrase, he said oh no no. We do it the same way as we always have and that's with a tape measure and a toe stick. Well, they use jigs to build cars and measure in all sorts of ways, but the idea is still true. A tape measure does not lie if used correctly, and neither does gravity as a matter of level and plum. Lasers are fine, but isn't a laser just a fancy tape measure? Egyptians did't use lasers to build pyramids. They used a Black & Decker tape measure to measure length, width, and height. They used a string tied around a hunk of rock for plum. Good luck.

  21. I'll just buy those laser machines from China and do it at home

  22. Car got hit took body shop and told the insurance company it wasn't hit
    I had alignment issues from wheel hitting the alignment bars and ruined the wheel the garage I took it too said total it and stupid body shop said it wasn't hit because no body damage

  23. Damn he sweats a lot in all his videos, make sure to like the video and sub. Bet a lot of work he put into the vids

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