1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Alignment

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by AN21489, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Jul 11, 2010 at 8:01 PM
    #1
    AN21489

    AN21489 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2009
    Member:
    #18423
    Messages:
    10
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Aaron
    South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2007 TRD Sport 4x4
    This is definitely going to be a novice question so don't flame me. I just bought my first set of MT's (Firestone Destination MT's) and put them on my TRD Sport the other day. My truck has always pulled to the right (or for as long as I can remember, I have 35,000 miles now), even the steering wheel is off-center (I don't know why this is). I have no lift or anything else on it, just the MT's. I asked the guy at the Firestone dealership if I should get my truck aligned since I just got new tires and I want them to wear correctly and he told me to wait 5,000 miles to let them "set in".

    Now I'm not a car genius but 5,000 miles seems and bit long and I don't really understand what he meant by "set in".

    So I guess my questions are:
    1.) Should I get my truck aligned?
    2.) What does he mean by "set in"?
    3.) Would the pulling to the right and off-centered steering wheel mean the truck is out of alignment?
    3.) Are there any national chains that yall would recommend to align it for me that do a good job?

    Thanks guys, sorry for the beginner questions, I'm still learning.
     
  2. Jul 11, 2010 at 8:04 PM
    #2
    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Member:
    #26726
    Messages:
    19,968
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    In a corn field, OH
    Vehicle:
    1990 Chevy Siveraydo
    245k+ miles, rust, working AC, bald eagles
    I would go to firestone and get the lifetime alignment. Get it done right away AND after 5k miles.
     
  3. Jul 11, 2010 at 8:05 PM
    #3
    Brunes

    Brunes abides.

    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    Member:
    #7011
    Messages:
    17,641
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rotorhead
    DC or New Jersey - Depends on the day....
    Vehicle:
    08 Red/Graphite and Satin Black
    Inside: Tint, Wet Okole 1/2 Piped Red/Black Covers, Black Weathertech Digital Fit Mats, URD Short Throw w/ TWM Weighted Knob, USA Spec iPod adapter. Outside: 4300K Retro w/ Angel Eyes and Red Shrouds, 5000K Blazer Fog Light Retrofit, Debadge, Bed Locking Handle, Satin Black Rims Performance: TRD/Steigmeier Blower w/ 2.7 Pulley. 668 Injectors and 320 LPH AEM Fuel pump. URD UCON and 7th Injector. DTLT Headers, URD Y-Pipe, Wicked Flow Muffler. Suspension: Both: OME Shocks Front: 886X's and TC UCAs Rear: Dakars Armor: Relentless Front Bumper Relentless High Clearance Rear w/ Tire/Rotopax Swing Out Relentless Front, Mid, and TCase skids BAMF Diff Skid Recovery and Spares: Fullsize Spare Tire 2x2 gal Rotopax 1x1 gal Rotopax 1x1 gal Water Rotopax Warn 9.5XP-S Winch Hi-Lift Extreme 60" Ironman Off-Road Recovery Kit
    1) Yes- If it pulls- Get it aligned
    2) No idea-Sounds like crap to me
    3) Yes- They can set the center on the steering wheel and fix the pull at a good shop.
    4) My cars get worked on at Firestone. 150 or so for the lifetime alignment.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2010 at 8:09 PM
    #4
    Fluffymonkey

    Fluffymonkey Token

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Member:
    #7932
    Messages:
    2,177
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    College Station, TX/ Lawrence, KS
    Vehicle:
    2013 Trd Sport DC, 07 DC sr5
    2007: Avid sliders, 30% front tint, Truxedo low-pro qt tonneu cover, aero turbine 2525 muffler w/ 8'' tip, AR25 Resonator, 16x8 Dick Cepek DC-1 w/ 265/75 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, 2010 headlights, ome 884 coils with .5'' top plate spacer, OME sport front shocks, blisten 5100s rear, 2'' aal, locking gas cap, LR ucas, Viper 2-way remote start, afe drop in filter, Rocky locking bike mounts, gear chest, scanguage, pop n lock tailgate lock 2013: most things transferred over from my 07, 5100s @ .85 + eibachs, wheelers progressive aal w/ overload
    1. yes
    2. :confused: never heard of it
    3. yes
    4. Just got mine done at NTB, and the guys there were amazing.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2010 at 8:49 AM
    #5
    skytower

    skytower Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2010
    Member:
    #38505
    Messages:
    3,228
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    virginia
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma 4x4
    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Get the alignment. After that many miles, your steering/suspension components stray from their settings and will wear your tires uneven. An alignment won't correct already worn tires, but is a must for new tires.
    Get a new tire guy. The only break in on new tires is to get rid of the factory release agent and scuff the new tires so they grip well. 100 miles is good (depending on how you drive) take it easy as they will be slippery in the rain until scuffed.
     
  6. Jul 12, 2010 at 8:54 AM
    #6
    HBMurphy

    HBMurphy Ban Pending

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2009
    Member:
    #18993
    Messages:
    6,092
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    So California Coast
    Vehicle:
    09 Off Road Delete Model
    None
    One other thing to remember with this design compromise we call a Tacoma - Remember to rotate you tires every 3-5k and the tires will wear more evenly.
     
To Top