Originally Posted by TribalJeeper
Two new front tires were put on before she picked the GC up. Is there a way I can check the alignment myself before bringing it to a shop and paying them to check it ?
Short answer: Yes, you can check it yourself.
Long answer: You probably aren't equipped to do it yourself. First, you need to know what the specs are. Then you'll need to be able to create a straight line from the back of each wheel to the front of it, and be able to accurately measure the distances between the wheels. I once read the proceedure in some DIY book years and years ago, and decided it was just easier and more economical to take it in.
Find a flat place to park. As you are rolling forward, keep the steering wheel oriented in the "straight up and down" position. Stop the Jeep completely and turn it off. Get out and, standing back a bit from the front of the vehicle, eyeball the front wheels. Do they look like they are pointing straight ahead? If the previous owner (PO) worked on the front end himself, such as the steering arm or the steering wheel. It is possible it was re-assembled improperly so that the wheel is not straight when travelling straight. However, since only two tires were replaced, rather than all four, I am willing to bet the PO didn't bother rotating tires, and didn't spend the extra money for an alignment, which btw, makes other maintenance (oil changes, lube job, filter, plugs, etc.) highly suspect. I recommend putting your Jeep through a full service cycle, including the front end alignment. You'll only benefit in the end. BTW, make sure the proper fluids (such as ATF) are used. Don't let them tell you another kind (e.g. DEXRON) is "good enough".