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No. Not unless you think there is a problem.
Totally agree with
. Alignments are only needed rarely after a tire/wheel switch. Here's the process I do to determine those rare occurrences.
I take each tire off (again regarding a winter-to-summer wheel/tire switch and reverse), and then mark each tire inside with a grease pencil as to the location from where I took it off and the mileage at that point. I visually inspect the tire closely, then run my fingers side-to-side also front-to-back along the outside and inside tire tread to see if I can feel any unusual wear patterns (our fingers are much more sensitive to uneven wear than are our eyes). Almost all of the time, I find nothing wrong
, and just put them aside for the next season they will get used, but inflating each one to 40 PSI to avoid flat spotting while they are on vacation.
If I find or feel anything unsual, again rarely, I have my alignment checked by a professional alignment shop I trust. I have traded with them for years and if they find all "within specs," there is no charge, but almost all the time I take a set in, they confirm an alignment is necessary on at least one corner.
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Last edited by Road Trip; 02-21-2017 at 08:30 PM.