Getting the Front End Aligned and Shocks and Struts Replaced Before Getting New Tires

Our car needed an alignment and new struts up front. I figured since it needed struts, it probably needed shocks too. There were marks on the front tires that indicated it was a problem with weak front struts and being out of alignment. Before we would go and get tires in Billings, MT, we had to get the car fixed first. I did not want to put even a couple of miles on the new tires with the struts and shocks being bad and it being out of alignment.

There are all kinds of things that can make your tires wear funny. You can be one of those hard drivers that really takes the corners hard. Maybe you drive with them overinflated or underinflated. That will cause wear issues in tires as well. You have to go with what psi is on the door sticker, and you have to make sure you you have the right size tires. When I was a kid, I would get oversize tires for my truck. That was just a waste of money.

Tires are expensive and I can get 50,000 miles out of them now. Some folks are replacing the tires on their vehicles at far less mileage. I do not buy the top of the line tires either. I get ones that are rated for temperature, traction, weight and speeds we travel at. We just take care of them and get a lot of miles. I like to time the replacement for the late fall season. That way we have great tread to get us through winter for our all-season tires. Vehicles are systems. You have to keep all of the systems in working order to keep it running right and not costing more in maintenance than necessary. New shocks and struts versus going through extra sets of tires is worth it.