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How often do I need an alignment? How much should a timing belt cost? I have a 98 Acura 2.3 CL.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Anna, Alignments should be performed with the tires are giving indications of uneven wear, or the vehicle is pulling hard in either direction on a straight flat road. Timing belts are around the ballpark of $210- $420 depending on where you choose to go. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Anna Blair, An alignment is simply making your tires go as straight as possible to avoid any steering issues and to sit on the pavement as evenly as possible to avoid bad tire wear issues. Any time you have certain steering or suspension components changed (tie rod ends, etc.) you most likely will need an alignment. Also, any time you notice your vehicle pulling to one side or not going straight when your steering wheel is straight, you may need an alignment. If you're investing in new tires, it's not a bad idea to have your alignment checked. As far as your timing belt, the best way to find out a good price for your vehicle is to do a little comparative shopping in your area. Call a couple of different places and make sure you find out if the work is guaranteed and for how long. Suzanne

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