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I need to get my car aligned - would that be covered? Or is it just scheduled maintenance, in other words, rotating the tires?
 

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Alignment may be covered if you just took delivery and have an issue. Otherwise, it’s not a warranty item.

My dealership promises two free oil changes. I can’t wait.
 

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Alignment may be covered if you just took delivery and have an issue. Otherwise, it’s not a warranty item.

My dealership promises two free oil changes. I can’t wait.
Maybe you can get your tires rotated? Saves you having to lug them around. Just gotta floor jack again back home to double check the torque on the nuts.
 
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I need to get my car aligned - would that be covered? Or is it just scheduled maintenance, in other words, rotating the tires?
If you plan to have the car long term, you might consider a lifetime alignment service when it goes on sale. It usually pays for itself the 2nd time you use it. I get an alignment every time I get new tires, which is very infrequently, and any time there are signs of an issue, again, infrequently. I keep vehicles for 10 years or so.
 

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Maybe you can get your tires rotated? Saves you having to lug them around. Just gotta floor jack again back home to double check the torque on the nuts.
I do my own tire rotations. That way I know that it’s done right, and lug nuts are properly torqued. It’s also faster than going to the dealer.

Unless I need a warranty repair or a critical software update I don’t plan on visiting the dealership during my lease. That’s one of the benefits of an EV, little or no maintenance.
 

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I do my own tire rotations. That way I know that it’s done right, and lug nuts are properly torqued. It’s also faster than going to the dealer.

Unless I need a warranty repair or a critical software update I don’t plan on visiting the dealership during my lease. That’s one of the benefits of an EV, little or no maintenance.
Yes, my kind of fellow. Good to hear I'm not the only one espousing the benefit of rotating yourself. Spending the 10min it takes to rotate tires is often less time than it takes to drive to a shop, let alone schedule an appointment, wait your turn, wait for the rotation, hear the sales pitch for new wiper blades and air filters, and then drive home. Then again, there's no free popcorn and coffee at home.
 

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I need to get my car aligned - would that be covered? Or is it just scheduled maintenance, in other words, rotating the tires?
Why do you need an alignment ? Accident ? Steering wheel off center ? Steering pull ?

We need further information to give a proper direction :nerd:


I can answer what the maintenance service covers. Tire rotation and a chance to get you coming
back to them for sales opportunities, every time you roll into the shop >:)
 

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If you plan to have the car long term, you might consider a lifetime alignment service when it goes on sale. It usually pays for itself the 2nd time you use it. I get an alignment every time I get new tires, which is very infrequently, and any time there are signs of an issue, again, infrequently. I keep vehicles for 10 years or so.
good tip, i didn't know places offered lifetime alignment, i had only seen 1 year before. looks like pepboys does a lifetime for $150 on sale. probably not the best shop, but they can do it until they get it right.


Why do you need an alignment ? Accident ? Steering wheel off center ? Steering pull ?

We need further information to give a proper direction :nerd:


I can answer what the maintenance service covers. Tire rotation and a chance to get you coming
back to them for sales opportunities, every time you roll into the shop >:)
yes, steering wheel off center and pulls to the right. i have 5500 miles on it, so i doubt they would cover it like they would soon after delivery.
 

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Yes, my kind of fellow. Good to hear I'm not the only one espousing the benefit of rotating yourself. Spending the 10min it takes to rotate tires is often less time than it takes to drive to a shop, let alone schedule an appointment, wait your turn, wait for the rotation, hear the sales pitch for new wiper blades and air filters, and then drive home. Then again, there's no free popcorn and coffee at home.
10 minutes! It takes me that long just to get all my tools together!
 

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yes, steering wheel off center and pulls to the right. i have 5500 miles on it, so i doubt they would cover it like they would soon after delivery.
Could this be due to the road crown ? All major roadways have a crown to shed water
and can directly affect a vehicles steering. Have you bounced the front end into anything ?

Off a curb, a parking block, or any big potholes ? The 3/36 warranty should cover this
as long as there are no signs of damage. It's up to the dealer to prove damage, so don't
let them charge you for an alignment without proving driver damage, FIRST!
 

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10 minutes! It takes me that long just to get all my tools together!
Well, that's probably optimistic as that doesn't factor in putting everything away.

  • Flip the air compressor on
  • Grab the impact wrench and stands off the shelf
  • Grab the impact socket from the drawer
  • Grab the torque wrench from the workbench
    1 min
  • Jack up front end
  • Place stands under front end
    2 min
  • Jack up rear end
    1 min
  • Remove wheels with impact
    2 min
  • Rotate
  • Install wheels and start lug nuts by hand, loosely tighten by air wrench
  • Torque to spec with wrench *
    6 min
  • Lower rear end *
  • Raise front end and remove stands *
    1 min
  • Put tools away and turn off compressor
    2 min
So, more like 15 minutes total.

* Order is not exactly how I do things. I lower the rear end until the tires touch the ground just enough to keep them from spinning as I perform the final torque. After torquing, I completely lower the rear and repeat the process for the front end.

I once had a flat while rallying my Subaru on logging roads. We were in a hurry for some reason, and my friend and I jumped out of the car and began swapping the flat with the donut. Total time was about 2 minutes, including using the lame scissor type jack. It helps to have a partner that is jacking the car up while the other is loosening the lug nuts and preparing the spare.
 

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Could this be due to the road crown ? All major roadways have a crown to shed water
and can directly affect a vehicles steering. Have you bounced the front end into anything ?

Off a curb, a parking block, or any big potholes ? The 3/36 warranty should cover this
as long as there are no signs of damage. It's up to the dealer to prove damage, so don't
let them charge you for an alignment without proving driver damage, FIRST!
nah, i've checked it in flat parking lots too, same deal. good to know about the warranty, thanks! i'll give them a call and ask about it.
 

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The car I test drove and my car was misaligned from the factory (steering wheel not strait), so I guess it is not so uncommon.
I didn't took it to the dealer though, I took it to my trusted Indy mechanic that I used for years with my previous cars, he made a quick job of the alignment, charge me $70 and I didn't had any issues since.
Given my past experiences, I will not take my cars to be aligned at the dealer, I think it is too sensitive of a job to be left to the dealer.
 

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which is hilarious and sad, given that you would expect dealers to do a better job.
Dunno, man, they just usually just do the minimum to get "back in specs", I NEVER got a car driving strait after getting a dealer alignment and they ALWAYS push back saying "it is in spec" (That was Honda, Mercedes and Toyota, Lexus did get it right by sending the car to a specialist down the street...)

Now I go the dealer for everything else while the car is under warranty.
 

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The car I test drove and my car was misaligned from the factory (steering wheel not strait), so I guess it is not so uncommon.
I didn't took it to the dealer though, I took it to my trusted Indy mechanic that I used for years with my previous cars, he made a quick job of the alignment, charge me $70 and I didn't had any issues since.
Given my past experiences, I will not take my cars to be aligned at the dealer, I think it is too sensitive of a job to be left to the dealer.
My steering wheel is off by a couple of degrees, but the car tracks straight, no pull to either side, so I didn’t bother having the dealer look at it. In my experience they would be just as likely to make it worse than to fix it.
 

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Spoken like someone who has the luxury of a vehicle lift in his garage...
I wish! Using a crappy Harbor Freight jack that was given to me. One can dream.

My current workspace. You can barely see the red air hose dangling from a reel attached to the ceiling near the EVSE cable. Also have an extension cord on a reel. 2 luxuries I will incorporate into any future garage I own.



Dunno, man, they just usually just do the minimum to get "back in specs", I NEVER got a car driving strait after getting a dealer alignment and they ALWAYS push back saying "it is in spec" (That was Honda, Mercedes and Toyota, Lexus did get it right by sending the car to a specialist down the street...)
The quality of alignment has more to do with who is doing the work, and what you have communicated to them than whether it's a dealership or other service shop. Many shops will try to accommodate your requests if they aren't swamped with a backlog of other work. Tell them beforehand if you want the toe to be closer to straight if efficiency is important to you (steering wanders with straight toe, though). Let them know you're looking to have an ideal alignment than merely something that meets spec.
 

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(...)Tell them beforehand if you want the toe to be closer to straight if efficiency is important to you (steering wanders with straight toe). Let them know you're looking to have an ideal alignment than merely something that meets spec.
Maybe I do not know the Service Advisor well enough, but in my experience, this is specifically where the dealer come short, if I ask for a specific setup, there is no chance whatsoever that they will accommodate, they will do what is in the spec document, using the OEM tools, period. For all "advanced" requests, see a Indy shop or a specialist.
 
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