I just had all four original tires replaced at 106,600 miles with good quality Michellin tires. The original tires were in pretty bad shape and a previous shop mentioned strut replacement, but I think that wear-and-tear just took its toll for too long. I have hit a small curb at low speeds (about 10 mph) with the left (driver-side) tires a couple of times, but I think that the struts took the shock without damage because the "wheel to ground" contact performance seemed fine.
With the new tires, the car drives much smoother in every respect and has no pull to either side. They said that they balanced the tires, but I only saw them put the tires on. They said that I should have a front end alignment everytime I put on new wheels.
What does tire balancing entail?
When do you need to get a wheel alignment (front-end or otherwise)?
How do you know when you need to replace the struts?
What issues should be considered when replacing all of your tires?
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