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I own an 05 GS, and just had four new tires, Michelin PS2 Pilot Sport (love them), installed and got the alignment done. Some of the freeways in Northern California, especially the transition from black to white asphalt, really suck, and bang the wheels and suspension pretty hard.

Now when I let go of the steering wheel, it wants to slowly veer right. Is that normal, and how durable is the alignment? I cannot imagine having to get the alignment checked every time I hit a pothole in the road, but at $400 a tire, I don't want to prematurely wear these out.

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Don't fix what ain't broke

All my years of driving still lead me to say DO NOT CHANGE ALIGNMENT without a good reason. New tires require balancing but unless the old tires were wearing funny or the car steered wrong then don't touch the alignment. Once you get your alignment straightened out leave it be.
 

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Veering right is not such a bad reason. I had an ML once that took 3 alignments to get it right though, not always as easy as you'd think.
 

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You should not need to re-align the car unless you've had an accident or it's simply misaligned. The maserati uses shims so unless something fairly important bends ( like a control arm ) the alignment will not change. This is different than other cars which have adjustments which can slip over time or if they are not set properly.

Also roads in many places lean to the right in order to allow water to runoff the road. A freeway for instance or anyplace that may have a wall on the left side or some other reason to cause it to fill with water. So be aware that most cars may actually pull slightly to the right. In fact some companies align with this in mind. Most cars are fairly compliant to deal with this but a car like the maserati is more sensitive in terms of "following" the road instead of simply rolling over irregularities.
 

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Roads...

When building roads it's part of the process to build in the "Crown" in order to get water to flow off the road and not gather in the road causing the destruction of the road. A perfectly aligned car should experience a slight pull to the right on a proper road.
 

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I own an 05 GS, and just had four new tires, Michelin PS2 Pilot Sport (love them), installed and got the alignment done. Some of the freeways in Northern California, especially the transition from black to white asphalt, really suck, and bang the wheels and suspension pretty hard.

Now when I let go of the steering wheel, it wants to slowly veer right. Is that normal, and how durable is the alignment? I cannot imagine having to get the alignment checked every time I hit a pothole in the road, but at $400 a tire, I don't want to prematurely wear these out.

Thanks.
RP
Test it on a *flat* road - no crown, as discussed above. If you just had an alignment done, and the problem really exists, there's always the possibility that something didn't get tightened/torqued properly, and it moved out of alignment.

Remember also that you have "big sneakers" on your Maserati, and that they will be more susceptible to pulling based on road surface.

In general, though, you shouldn't need to have it done unless there is some obvious handling issue or you notice uneven tread wear or cupping.
 
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