>> What did you do to your 3rd gen today?? Drove it and became annoyed that I probably need an alignment. When I put the new headlights in we had to run the front wheels from side to side. I knew it was stupid, but the wheels needed to move to allow removal of the various parts so the bumper cover could be removed. Now I am dealing with the decision of not taking to a service center that would have jacked the car up. Oh well. You win some, you lose some and occasionally you have to pay the piper to get your Ford Escort's wheels aligned. It's the cycle of life, yes?