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I have a 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup. The tires have a little over 30,000 miles and I was told I could not have the front end aligned because the tires were not good. I will buy new tires in the spring when the snow tires come off and need advice. I would like some tires with good traction. Any help would be appreciated.

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Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair I would need to know more about why the other shop have said the vehicle cannot be aligned with the current tires. Normally, we can align the vehicle with worn out tires, however we normally don’t like to due to test driving and ensuring any “pull” concerns. It does make our job much easier to align the vehicle with good tires, and does help the process of the alignment as well. Also, if the size of tires is part of the issue, the also presents an issue. Again, I would need more information or would need to better understand the condition of the current tires. Also, is it just one shop that said they would not align the vehicle, or have several shops told them this? Maybe it’s worth checking with other shops, if its only one shop telling them this information. I would need vehicle information, tire size if possible, and where you live in the country. Also, what do they need traction for? Snow, rain, ice, or performance related traction?

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