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Do I need to align the tires after installing new struts on both front and rear?

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Yes. Even if you're sure you got everything back in the same place, a small amount of camber change at the front struts can cause a large toe change and wear out your tires. To protect your tires and really just as maintenance, it's a must to check the alignment after doing the struts.

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As long as you didn't move the tie rod ends in or out you should be fine. The easiest way to tell is to drive the car and see if it pulls to one side or the other.

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