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Old 24 Sep 2009, 07:09 am
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Default Front end alignment (99 civic)?

I just had my upper and lower ball joints replaced, can anyone tell me if it
is necessary to take my civic in for a front end alignment? The car seems to
drive fine, no pulling in either direction.

My car is a 99 civic SE, 4 door, with a 1.6L and ~200,00-Km's. Any advice is
much appreciated.

TIA,
Curt


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Old 24 Sep 2009, 08:05 am
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Default Re: Front end alignment (99 civic)?

On 9/24/09 7:09 AM, in article GjJum.19884$944.4834@newsfe09.iad,
"shawnews.wp.shawcable.net" <none@here.com> wrote:

> I just had my upper and lower ball joints replaced, can anyone tell me if it
> is necessary to take my civic in for a front end alignment? The car seems to
> drive fine, no pulling in either direction.
>
> My car is a 99 civic SE, 4 door, with a 1.6L and ~200,00-Km's. Any advice is
> much appreciated.
>
> TIA,
> Curt
>
>


Theoretically you can change a ball joint without disturbing the alignment
geometry, but its more likely that it was already messed up due to the
sloppy ball joints.

I guess if you really think it doesn't need it, wait a couple of thousand
miles and check the front tires for unnatural wear, then decide based on
what you see. Seems like a false economy compared to the price of a set of
tires.

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Old 24 Sep 2009, 08:29 am
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Default Re: Front end alignment (99 civic)?

On 09/24/2009 06:05 AM, E. Meyer wrote:
> On 9/24/09 7:09 AM, in article GjJum.19884$944.4834@newsfe09.iad,
> "shawnews.wp.shawcable.net"<none@here.com> wrote:
>
>> I just had my upper and lower ball joints replaced, can anyone tell me if it
>> is necessary to take my civic in for a front end alignment? The car seems to
>> drive fine, no pulling in either direction.
>>
>> My car is a 99 civic SE, 4 door, with a 1.6L and ~200,00-Km's. Any advice is
>> much appreciated.
>>
>> TIA,
>> Curt
>>
>>

>
> Theoretically you can change a ball joint without disturbing the alignment
> geometry, but its more likely that it was already messed up due to the
> sloppy ball joints.
>
> I guess if you really think it doesn't need it, wait a couple of thousand
> miles and check the front tires for unnatural wear, then decide based on
> what you see. Seems like a false economy compared to the price of a set of
> tires.
>


concur.
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