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See I've definitely had vibrations caused by alignment issues before... Just saying, bad alignment can definitely cause vibrations.

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@ryd slo like i was telling someone else , because im a female mechanics think i dont know what im talking about an they think they can get over on me . see now a days its about hiw they can make you spend money .., i dont have a "trusted mechanic" i just wont let nobody bullshit me
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@j thank you ima try an get a alignment . if i want wider tires what would be the best size ?
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The nice thing about alignments is that they can check to see if you need an alignment before they do it. So they will only do the alignment if needed - otherwise, there shouldn't be any cost.

I took my car to Firestone and got a "Lifetime alignment" and "Lifetime balancing". This way, I can get my car aligned and my wheels balanced any time I want for no cost. And the "lifetime" services really aren't that much more expensive than the normal non-lifetime services. If you plan on keeping your car for a while, they are definitely worth it.

I can't answer the question about the tires. I've also stuck with the same size that the car came with from the factory. Obviously, if you're getting new tires, don't get the balancing done until you replace the tires (they will need balanced when you get new tires anyway).

I always recommend an alignment when getting new tires as well - you don't want an out-of-alignment car to ruin your new tires! :-) Tires are too expensive!

I like Firestone, because they have the "lifetime" services, they have retail stores all over the place and I can get tires, balancing and alignments done all at the same place. You'll pay a little more for the tires, but it's very convenient. I bought 75k mile warranty Bridgestone Turanza w/Serenity Plus tires there, including full roadside assistance coverage (covers ANY tire damage) for the life of the tire. So I won't have to spend another penny on tires, balancing or alignments for another 75k miles! :-)

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Yes, a bad alignment can cause vibration issues, however they're less likely to be speed dependant I've found. She says when she hits 60 the vibrations start. Whenever I've had that happen to me, it's been a bad balance. That's just been my experience though

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Damn i reply late, sorry yall .
See i know a lil about cars , but not enough to do my own work on em . thank all you for real .. .
Im goin to start with the alignment . firestone? I might as well guve them my arms and legs now ..lmao . im just being picky cause i got a road trip for my baby sis coming up an ill have my daughters in this car
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Firestone's lifetime alignment was a good investment for me when I had it.. However I don't trust them to do anything but an alignment..

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^^Agreed - alignments and wheel balancing only for Firestone! :-) And tires, of course (but you do pay a premium to buy tires there).

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Just something I came across when it comes to checking fitment on not-stock wheels.

When you put the wheel on to check clearances, do so with NEW brake pads, as they will cause the caliper to stick out farther. If you check the clearance with worn pads, and then get a brake job, you could get some unanticipated rubbing down the line!
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^^Very good point! I was worried about that exact situation when I put the Charger wheels on my Impala. Luckily for me, it wasn't an issue in my case, but definitely something to consider. Would suck to take you car in for inspection, need new brakes and then not be able to move the car because the calipers are hitting into your aftermarket wheels after they put new brakes on! :-) Would be pretty damn embarrassing as well!

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