Q: Should you get an alignment after an engine replacement?

asked by on July 08, 2017

Short block is being replaced due to a recall. Should I have them align the wheels because of stresses being put on the frame?

Hi There, If the motor is removed and replaced properly, this should not impact the alignment. That is not to say that is unheard of as sometimes during the course of moving things around steering components may be accidentally moved, however it is not normal. I would suggest waiting to have the motor replaced and then checking it out to see that it drives correctly.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

Burning oil from engine and breathing the fumes within the vehicle

Hi Larry. Thanks for writing in to YourMechanic.com. Anytime you smell oil inside the cab of your vehicle it is a potential safety issue which should be addressed sooner rather than later. In some cases, the smell of oil is...

I have a XC90 2013 and having problem with right front brake squaling noise when the brake is apply at slow speed?

The first and most common cause of noisy disk brakes is worn brake pads. Many manufacturers build a "noisemaker" into the brake pads that scrapes the rotor and makes a loud screech when the pads are worn below the minimum...

I got a message sayin Engine Power Reduced

The issue you are writing in about is common enough that a specific diagnostic, namely a Reduced Engine Power Warning Light Diagnostic is performed by technicians dispatched by YourMechanic. If you request that diagnostic, the responding certified mechanic will get...

Headlights are really dim, car is brand new

The headlight system on your car is controlled by a module and this module will put out a low voltage to the headlights on low beam and maximum voltage on high beam. The lighting system is programmed in the module...

check engine light on, 1990 Subaru Legacy

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 1990 Subaru Legacy. You need to have the fuel pressure tested to see if the fuel pressure is within specifications and will hold pressure after testing with engine off. The fuel pressure...

my car gear is stuck in drive but the gear shift goes to park car is in acc postion wont crank or swicth to off to remove the key

Hi there, thanks for writing in. It sounds like you most likely have a broken shift cable, or a failed shifter assembly. A failure of either part would allow you to move the shifter handle to park, while the transmission...

I lost my key and remote - can I program a new key myself?

Hello - unfortunately no. Modern electronic-key security systems differ from one manufacturer to the next, and each has specialized equipment for programming and setting options on remotes and electronic keys. This equipment is also not usually available to non-dealer service...

White smoke from exhaust, pretty sure its not head gasket?

With the information given, if the vehicle smoked before getting the fuel in the tank, then the head gasket could be blown causing the coolant to get into the exhaust system. If the smoke occurred after getting fuel, then it...

No parking light bulbs, the good fuses blew. Removed all of the parking bulbs and replaced the fuses. The fuse didn't blow till a bulb is plugged in.

Hello. You likely have a short somewhere in the circuit. This may be related to other light circuits, a terminal or connection, or by a damaged wire. You can start by performing a visual inspection. A rule of thumb is...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Doctor Who Makes House Calls
If If you are a doctor who makes house calls, reliability is likely to be at the forefront of your mind when it comes to choosing a used car. You also expect a certain level of comfort. We have...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2013 Subaru BRZ
This This sports car for the everyday man or woman is an irresistible combination of style, handling, and just plain fun. The BRZ offers a respectably good time on the way to work or on the way around the race...
The Best Used Cars to Buy for Families
If If it’s time for you to search for the top used cars specifically for families, check out the list we’ve put together of the top five. The list of must-haves Typical items that families are looking for in their...