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Do bad shocks and struts prevent a car from having a tire/wheel alignment?
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Do bad shocks and struts prevent a car from having a tire/wheel alignment?
If your ride height is off, then yes, if it is good, then OK. If you have a wagon you have rear shocks, otherwise all 4 corners are struts. Shocks/struts do not effect ride height but springs do and they break, rust and get weaker. I have had 4 Bulls break springs, all of mine just the bottom part of the first coil. Driving a car with bad shocks/struts is risky. Broken springs more risky.

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Yes they do affect alignment.
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The only way struts affect alignment is if they are damaged. It is springs that affect alignment.
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I am on Bull #7 & #8, all bought used. I replaced the struts all around on all except '95 which I put in new front springs but not struts, gave the car to my daughter. Never had an alignment done. Only adjustment is toe and I do that with a string line. For me struts have never changed alignment. Inner tie rod of course does change toe. Only done inners on 2 of my Bulls.

One of mine, think it was '01 was hit in a parking lot in the front wheel and needed a new wheel. Insurance paid for the wheel and alignment. Shop checked it and said it was fine as is.

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I had the broken spring protector recall performed on my 2001 years ago at Ford and they refused to do a front end alignment. Said it was not needed and not covered by the recall.
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* Strut Mounts- Frt

* Ball Joints- Frt

* Spring Sag/Broken Spring - Trim Height

* Inner/Outer Tie Rod Ends - Toe

* Rack Mtg Bushings - Toe

* Bent/Damaged Strut

* Worn/Bad Wheel Bearings

Only a tight suspension/steering system will hold an alignment.
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