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      Wheel Alignment and Balancing Thread

      Hi guys, I have a problem on my i10:

      I have recently upgraded my OE tyres & rims to i20 OE alloys and Yoko A-Drives 185 60 R14. While changing the tyre dealer just did the rotation and didnt do the wheel alignment or balancing. He told me that alignment or balancing isnt required as they are new tyres/alloys.

      I dont have any issues like car pulling to one side or steering column ratling noise but -->

      --> When I park my car behind a straight line, i find that the rear tyres arent paralel to the straight line. Below is the pictorial representation of the issue.


      I talked with the tyre dealer once again and explained to him the issue. He said that such an misalignment wouldnt be possible unless or until there is a major accident.

      I do not know if it is serious misalignment issue or if it is just optical illusion. Please help!
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      Whenever u get new wheels, balancing is a must. While doing high speeds (>120kmph), if the balancing is not proper, you will feel steering vibrations (you wont notice anything at slower speeds).

      Alignment can be done once every 1-2k kms. Unless you drive on real bad roads, it wont go off that easily.

      And the wheels not aligning properly is probably in ur mind, cuz IMO, there is no way the alignment can be that off, like said by the tyre dealer.
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      This is what I suspect vtechb0y. I somehow feel that wheels need to be aligned atleast. I am visiting the dealer today, let me post the results.
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      Its always better to get the tyres balanced and the alignment done.
      I really don't know what tyre dealers say such crap.

      The issue you are facing seems to be unrelated.
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      well guys, I had been to raja tyres. I got a confirmation from them that alignment can only be done wrt to front tyres and more over they said that it could just be an illusion. Since the car itself is just 3 months old, they suggested that it is close to impossible for such an issue. I am a little confused! I would need some tyre experts to help me.
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      Quote Originally Posted by MutantX View Post
      well guys, I had been to raja tyres..
      Thought you were going to the dealer "Hyundai"
      Can you please post a pic of this ?

      There is no alignment for rear in i10 and almost all hatches we have here.
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      I will post the pictures tomorrow. Could there be any issue other than alignment?
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      ALWAYS balance your tyres and do alignment when you fit new tyres/rims.

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      chill dude..I told you before nothing to be worried about..now if you are sooooo particular about it..Balance em'.. the peace of mind always comes in handy ..

      also I've asked a few ppl..they say no rear tyre alignment for i10...(source BM LAL and SONS.)

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      Mutanx, It too faced the same situation. This is because, the dealer needs to avoid the expenses of wheel balancing and alignment even. When I argued, he at last agree that balancing is necessary. But when I gave my car for servicing in MASS after this, they even did the alignment also. So I am pretty sure that these two, alignment and balancing is always good for the life of your tyres.

      Regarding the straighline issue. Even I feel the new generation cars tyres are not parallel. Since these cars are build under the consideration of aerodynamics, the front part of the cars are narrow than the rear part. EX. Swift, WagonR, Getz, Ritz etc etc.

      So once of we park the cars near to a straight line, the front tyres will be more away from the line than the rear tyres. But if your rear tyre is not parrellel to the straight line.. then yes.. there is some issues for sure there.
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