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Rear wheel alignment

My girlfriend recently took her car to a Firestone Dealer for a new battery.
While she was there they told her that she had a tire that had a problem and that to replace just one of them would create a problem with the other 3 tires. That sounded fishy to me. Those tires had less then 12,000 miles on them. So, she oked the 4 tire replacement and then they did a front end alignment. They told her that she would soon need a rear wheel alignment. That it was just slightly off. It doesn't sound right to me. I have never heard of a rear wheel alignment on a front wheel drive car. It is not AWD or independent suspension either. Could you set my mind at ease or tell me where to get the info I need to help her make informed decisions in the future?

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First of all firestone are rip off artist. you got suckered. next there are struts on the back and yes you should align them however it has more to do with how the tire wears than a steering issue. with only 12,000 miles I seriously doubt there would have been a problem. my solution would have been if one of the front tires was bad i would have replaced it then took the 2 back tires and put them on front and the new tire and other front tire on the back and no alignment would have been needed unless your girlfriend would have complained about it tracking one way or the other. feel free to click on my user tab anytime you need help.... please rate this.........thanks

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