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I am getting 4 new tires installed and my car and the majority of parts guys I have spoken with have told me that I only need them balanced and mounted and that an alignment was not necessary. I have always had new tires aligned and was told how bad it was not to have them aligned. My current tires have worn evenly and I have never had issues with them, so should I get an alignment?

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Julie Scroggins, Vice President, CFO at Waukegan Tire and Supply Company Inc. Hi Lori, Yes I would recommend you have the alignment checked on your Toyota 4 Runner. Tires are a big investment and this will insure you get the most miles and even wear & while doing so will inspect the front end of your 4 Runner. Better to check it now with having new tires installed. Also you have aluminum wheels on the Toyota and it is recommended you have the lug nuts re-torque after 50-100 miles of tire install. Not sure what year 4 Runner you have but typically the applied torque to the lug nuts is 83 Ft. Lbs. Lugs should be hand torqued to manufacture specs. And with aluminum wheels, return to the tire dealer for re-torque after 50-100 miles. This is very important. Also the tire dealer needs to make sure all surfaces, (wheels, hubs, lug studs)are clean from corrosion, dirt and debris, and no grease applied to lug studs. Lug studs need to be clean to achieve proper lug torque. Thank you, Julie

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair I would tell you Lori, its always a good idea to at least have the alignment checked. Most shops will check the alignment for a minimal fee, and let you know what it looks like. A reputable shop will have a computer print out that shows the client what areas need adjusting and why. It

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