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So I bought a car last year to get rid of the rusty POS I had before. The potholes after winter though, seem to have had another idea in mind...
My two front tires are now worn down to the point where the driver side is down to the actual wire of the tire on the inside. Which, was probably caused in part by my now (probably) damaged control arms. More details are in the link, buuuuuut... suffice to say my car is no longer anywhere near safe to drive.
It's definitely difficult for me to ask for financial help (especially when I've hardly been around much in the last while), but I don't really have any other option at this point.
I appreciate any help that can be given.https://www.gofundme.com/uag9x-much-needed-car-repairs
for straight Paypal.
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I bought 2 used tires for $50 total. They're not great, but not bad either (about 45% tread left). Should be fine for the time being though. There were better tires at a better price but the guy never got back with me 6_9
Have requested an appointment for Tuesday at the repair shop, hopefully they get back with me on Monday to make it final.
After looking at the parts store they use and estimating how much they charge per hour... I SHOULD be able to afford at least 2 control arms and 2 tire installations (control arms- $114x2=$228, tire installation- $18x2=$36, overall labor time- 2x$90=$180 or round up to $200 to be safe, complete total after tax=$470 or $492, money left after=$54 or $32). Alignment will be iffy, whether or not I'll be able to add it to the repair but it's at least not immediately necessary (probably would only need a front alignment instead of a full 4 one). We'll see when that time comes since labor price and installation are mostly estimations based on researching what other repair shops have given other people online.
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Wishing you the best,Wizard
You can check your basic alignment well enough with a tape measure.
If you measure the distance between the inside corners of the tread between the rear sides of your front tires, as high above the ground as isn't obstructed by car things, then measure the front edges at the same height, your measurements should be with 1/8 inch of each other. If the front is the smaller number, then your alignment is ideal!
You can reference to the rears by checking the distance between front and rear on each side. Those should be far less than 1/8 inch.
I quit going to alignment shops decades ago because i get it closer this way than what they deliver regardless of fancy equipment.