Wheel Alignment - Is it worth it?... - Pontiac G6 Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
Proud G6 Owner
 
Jman0079's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Toronto, ON
Age: 40
Posts: 18
 
Question Wheel Alignment - Is it worth it?...

I was looking into getting a wheel alignment done on my car since I've yet to do so since getting my new tires put on. There's still a minor shake when I travel at top speeds on the highway but nothing nearly as bad as it once was with my old tires.

The question is, with all these potholes & bumps on the roads where I live, wouldn't that just throw it off all over again if I were to get an alignment done?

Share me some feedback.
Thanks.
Jman0079 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 06:43 AM
Moderator Member Thingy
 
Abyssul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Posts: 1,330
 
Send a message via AIM to Abyssul Send a message via MSN to Abyssul
Vibration at high speeds means you need them balanced.

2006 Pontiac G6 GT

Appearance Mods: AIT front bumper, Black Eagle Eye Halo Projectors with DDM Tuning 5000k HIDs 35w,
GT door decals, painted interior trim, red calipers, de-chromed window trim
Performance Mods: WAMS tune, CRABS, aftermarket sound system

Abyssul is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 01:00 PM
-Banned-
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Age: 29
Posts: 211
 
I purchase a tire alignment every time I have my oil changed.
JRepasky is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 04:41 PM
Senior Member
 
davez26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 201
 
Tire balancing equalizes weight variances on the circumference of the tire. This is what causes vibration. New tires made a a difference because when you mount a tire, you balance it. (I guess you could mount without balancing, but I've nebver heard of anyone doing that.

Alignment, adjusts the tires position in relation to the road, camber, caster, toe, the easiest of these to mention being camber. Camber is essentially the angle the tire leans against the road. The other two are important as well, affecting handling, pulling, and most importantly tire wear.

Is an alignment worth it? The way I see it, if I invest a lot of money into something, I want it to perform at its best and for a long time. An alignment is maintence that can make the difference between a crappy driving car with the tires wearing out sooner than they should and a car that is a pleaseure to drive, with tires that will last a long time.

I always align with tires, and check every year, to keep them wearing well.
davez26 is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 06:54 PM
Varsity Squad
 
CalsGTP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Sandy Lake, PA
Posts: 751
 
Garage
One of the tires may not have been properly balanced if you are still having vibrations. There is also a chance that you have play in a front end component causing the vibration. Alignments can cause premature tire wear and can rob MPGs also. It is best to have the alignment checked when new tires are installed to protect your investment.
CalsGTP is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 08:57 PM
Moderator Member Thingy
 
Abyssul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Posts: 1,330
 
Send a message via AIM to Abyssul Send a message via MSN to Abyssul
Quote:
Originally Posted by JRepasky View Post
I purchase a tire alignment every time I have my oil changed.
That sounds like a waste of money to me. Common sense is that if nothing is wrong, then why pay money for it?

2006 Pontiac G6 GT

Appearance Mods: AIT front bumper, Black Eagle Eye Halo Projectors with DDM Tuning 5000k HIDs 35w,
GT door decals, painted interior trim, red calipers, de-chromed window trim
Performance Mods: WAMS tune, CRABS, aftermarket sound system

Abyssul is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-11-2011, 05:44 AM
Lifetime Member
 
geewhiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,269
 
Alignment? If you go to a good shop I say yes, worth ever penny but I wouldn't let a quicky shop do it.



geewhiz is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-11-2011, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
Proud G6 Owner
 
Jman0079's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Toronto, ON
Age: 40
Posts: 18
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JRepasky View Post
I purchase a tire alignment every time I have my oil changed.
Alignment check you mean?

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm going to first pay a visit at the shop I purchased my tires and have them rebalance my tires. If I still feel the vibrating, I'll look into getting my car's alignment checked.
Jman0079 is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-11-2011, 09:37 AM
Lifetime Member
 
geewhiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,269
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jman0079 View Post
Alignment check you mean?

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm going to first pay a visit at the shop I purchased my tires and have them rebalance my tires. If I still feel the vibrating, I'll look into getting my car's alignment checked.
I do have one quick question; who did you purchase the tires from?



geewhiz is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-11-2011, 11:15 AM
-Banned-
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Age: 29
Posts: 211
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jman0079 View Post
Alignment check you mean?

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm going to first pay a visit at the shop I purchased my tires and have them rebalance my tires. If I still feel the vibrating, I'll look into getting my car's alignment checked.
check and tire rotation, not full out alignment.. accident, sorry!
JRepasky is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-11-2011, 04:19 PM
Senior Member
 
Devriesd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: middle-of-no-where, Alberta
Posts: 292
 
Post

I don't really know how a shop does a alignment check, but I suppose you could check the toe really easily with a tape measure. Just measure from the center tread of one tire to the center of tread of the other tire, both in front and behind the tire. For the camber I suppose you could use a level and compare each tire. I think it is suppose to have a slight negative camber (top of the tire in) when the weight of the car is on it.

That's my best guess on how its done. Don't take my word on it.


Black 2005 Pontiac G6 GT: (SOLD)
Mods: uPAC-GM11B Aux Input, red painted calipers, Black Arrowhead overlays, and CRAB Intakes.
Orange 1971 Ford F-100 Sport Custom:
Completely Stock -302ci
Silver 2010 GMC Sierra GFX edition: (SOLD)
Stock
Granite 2015 Chrysler 200c
Stock
Devriesd is offline  
post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 08:12 AM
Senior Member
 
davez26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 201
 
Your concepts are correct, but the scale is off. Unless you can measure in the precision of .01" for toe, and .1 degree, you will not be able to do any kind of alignment in your driveway. Maybe a basic one to limp a crashed car to the shop, but not anything precise. I don't even know if you can figure ackerman angle on paper?
The shop will have alignment tools with all sorts of precision up to and including LASERS!.
Trust us, it is worth the time and money to have a pro check the alignment.
davez26 is offline  
post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
Proud G6 Owner
 
Jman0079's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Toronto, ON
Age: 40
Posts: 18
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by geewhiz View Post
I do have one quick question; who did you purchase the tires from?
I purchsed them new from a shop called: '2nd Time Around' located in Oshawa, ON.
Why do you ask?
Jman0079 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Pontiac G6 Forum > Technical Discussion & Modifications > Handle It! - Suspension, Wheel and Tire Modifications

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Pontiac G6 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rear Wheel Alignment Specs Cobra1365 Problems and Solutions 6 09-29-2014 01:20 PM
front bumper alignment wesuhlee Problems and Solutions 13 02-24-2012 12:28 PM
gtp alignment lifelongslacker Problems and Solutions 1 10-31-2010 03:34 PM
Front End Alignment MstangsBware Handle It! - Suspension, Wheel and Tire Modifications 5 10-06-2008 05:38 PM
CAI--worth It? David R Powertrain Performance Modifications 6 09-06-2006 07:19 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome