How much should fixing my alignment cost?

honda
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accord

#1

I recently took in my 2001 Honda Accord. The alignment has been rusted in place, causing the tires to wear thin on the inside. Firestone quoted me at $560 for parts and labor to replace the Trailing Arm Bushing on both sides, as well as the Rear Trailing Arms. Does this sound reasonable?


#2

Many times you can beat Firestone pricing by getting an estimate from a local independent shop. I would get a second opinion and estimate accordingly, and then decide. Labor rates vary widely by location, so it is hard to determine that part of the equation, via the internet, anyway.


#3

Get a quote from your Honda dealer in addition to an independant mechanic. Sometimes Honda techs have more experience with a particular repair and the costs can equal and even beat other quotes.

An alignment is only about $65 to 75. Your estimate is to repair rusted parts that make an alignment impossible since these parts are fixed in place and can’t be adjusted.


#4

It does sound fairly reasonable. You could drive around town and pay more shops to evaluate your suspension, but by the time you do that, you’ll be back at $560 even if they do cost a few dollars less for the actual repairs.


#5

Before you start pouring money into this car, you might want to have a body shop do a complete rust inspection of the undercarriage…There may be more, extensive, rust damage…


#6

how fast are the tires wearing out? a pair of economy minded tires for that car are probably $150.00 a pair. you could by at least 3 sets 150x3 = 450 . now if the toe is really bad then set the toe only. there is no caster adjustment and camber is done through the strut by using a cam bolt adjusting kit. align 75 cam adj bolt kit 2 sides 150 for a total of 225


#7

A little PB Blaster will take care of “rust”. The alignment should not cost anywhere $560. Even a dealer would do better than that. The trailing arm bushings and rear trailing arms would be fine unless you have been in a wreck.