The average cost of a wheel alignment is between 50$ to 200$
- The average price for a 2WD wheel alignment on one axle is 80$
- The average price for a 4WD wheel alignment on two axles is 130$.
- On some 2WD car models, you can also align all four wheels, which is recommended. However, most 2WD car models do only let you adjust the front wheels.
- Extra costs can come if there are parts that need replacement before the wheel alignment.
- You can expect almost a double cost to align both axles instead of one.
Average Wheel Alignment Costs
|1-Axle Alignment||Low: 50$||Average: 80$||High: 150$|
|2-Axle Alignment||Low: 80$||Average: 120$||High: 200$|
Average Wheel Alignment Costs by Car Model
These are the average wheel alignment costs by car model with the most common options. This can differ if you have a 4WD or 2WD car.
|Car Model||Min Cost||Max Cost||Average Cost|
Parts Needed for a Wheel Alignment
|Part Name||Required?||All Models?|
|Outer Tie End Rods||If bad||Yes|
|Inner Tie End Rods||If bad||Yes|
|Lower Control Arm||If bad||Yes|
|Upper Control Arm||If bad||No|
|Wheel Bearing||If bad||Yes|
|Replacement Costs||Price Range|
|Outer Tie End Rods Replacement Cost||80$ – 150$|
|Inner Tie End Rods Replacement Cost||100$ – 200$|
|Lower Control Arm Replacement Cost||200$ to 400$|
|Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost||200$ to 600$|
A Mechanic’s Tips about Wheel Alignments
- Always make sure that all the tie end rods, control arms, and bushings are in 100% good condition before you do a wheel alignment; otherwise, you will have to make a new one pretty soon.
- Always align all four wheels if it is possible on your car model. The rear wheel alignment is much more important for your car’s stability than you might think.
- The outer tie end rods and other adjustments can get very rusty over time. If your mechanic can’t get these loose, there can be additional costs, and in rare cases, you might actually need to replace these parts.
- After the wheel alignment, ensure that the steering wheel is straight when driving at high speeds on straight roads.
What is a wheel alignment?
A wheel alignment ensures that you won’t get unnecessary wear on your tires and that you can get the maximum stability in your car while driving at high speeds.
When you do a wheel alignment, you often adjust your wheels’ toe-in, camber, and caster angles.
Is it necessary to do a wheel alignment?
It is essential to keep your car’s driving comfort and make sure you do not have to replace your car tires every year. The cost of the wheel alignment you will save in tire replacement costs.
How often should I do a wheel alignment?
It is recommended to make a wheel alignment every 2 years – or whenever you feel that the wheel alignment is bad. Also, after replacing front suspension parts and small accidents, it is recommended to do a wheel alignment.
How do you know if you need a wheel alignment?
The most common symptoms of a bad wheel alignment are bad stability in your car at higher speeds, rapidly uneven wear on your tires, and a turned steering wheel while you drive straight.
OBD codes associated with a Wheel Alignment problem
|C1306 – Steering angle sensor|
Related Parts to a Wheel Alignment
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