Two or four wheel alignment

Tiny
TONYSBABYGIRL
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  • 1998 HONDA ACCORD
  • 3.0L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 114,000 MILES
I just bought new tires for my car. Should I get a 2 or 4 wheel alignment? If I really should get a 4 wheel alignment, how much of a bad decision would it be to only get the front done (because of lack of money)?
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 8:56 PM

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Tiny
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Your particular vehicle does have an adjustable toe setting in the rear. Based on that, I would suggest having a four wheel alignment performed if necessary. One thing I always check though before recommending an alignment is how the old tires were wearing. Were they wearing unevenly or were they worn pretty flat/straight across the tread? If they weren't uneven, you can probably forgo the alignment altogether.

Attached is a chart showing typical examples of uneven tread wear. Any of the examples in the columns labeled Wear on One Side, Feathered Edge or Scalloped Wear would indicate a need for an alignment.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 9:20 PM

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