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congasan
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I need a couple of new tires and a front end inspection/alignment. Can anyone recommend a good place? My luck here has been spotty with car work. A friend said Elder Automotive is good. Any experience or other recommendations?

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Topic starter Posted : April 23, 2011 4:30 pm
congasan
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No comments after 70 views? Guess there is not a good place. Thats what I was afraid of. Future relocators please take note of what it is like here.

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Topic starter Posted : April 25, 2011 9:00 pm
Jules
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My mechanic said that there's no point in alignment here. I don't remember his rationale. Perhaps because we can't drive at speeds where alignment becomes an issue? Can anyone shed light on his opinion? (guess I could call him and ask...)

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Posted : April 26, 2011 10:22 am
VIsnorkeler
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I started a thread just like this one a few months ago. I got the tires at Rodriguez near Tutu Mall. I was also told about Elders. I just have been busy (season, visitors, blah blah blah) and haven't made it there yet. And I have also heard "someone" say that an alignment is no good here, but I have to disagree. Your tires wear out faster and oddly if your front end is not properly aligned. I am sure that your gas milage would improve, as well.

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Posted : April 26, 2011 5:26 pm
WGAF
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VIsnorkler is absolutely right. Proper front end alignment is important regardless of speed or distance traveled. Of course the faster and farther you drive the quicker your tires wear out and your fuel economy suffers also. More important is lack of control on the bumpy roads. Improper alignment can cause a car to "bump" steer. You hit a bump and the car can literally change lanes by itself. Make sure the front end parts are not worn. Worn parts will not hold the alignment.

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Posted : April 26, 2011 6:41 pm
Gymrat130
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My mechanic said that there's no point in alignment here. I don't remember his rationale. Perhaps because we can't drive at speeds where alignment becomes an issue? Can anyone shed light on his opinion? (guess I could call him and ask...)

Your mechanic may not have the equipment to do alignments. A good alignment rack can run upwards of $70k depending on the manufacturer. There may not be enough business on the island to justify the expense. He could send it to some one that does have one but it would be cheaper for you in the longrun if you take it directly to them.

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Posted : April 26, 2011 6:58 pm
billd
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don't get alignment. Just buy tires. The roads are so bad that an aligment will be gone in one or two holes.

There is a mites (?) in TuTu

billd

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Posted : April 27, 2011 9:53 pm
BeachcomberStt
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I think Western Auto - Advanced Auto Parts, in Tutu, offers alignments.

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Posted : April 28, 2011 7:16 am
WGAF
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don't get alignment. Just buy tires. The roads are so bad that an aligment will be gone in one or two holes.

Not necessarily true. You usually have to bend something to lose alignment. Hit a curb really hard etc. It's up to you. It's your car and money.

WGAF

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Posted : April 29, 2011 6:28 pm
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