Why is a Wheel Alignment Important?
It’s no surprise that your vehicle will drive better during rush hour, weekend cruising, or in daily stop-n-go traffic if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That’s called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your car pulls to one side or the other.
Something that you won’t notice right away, but you will if you keep driving around town when you’re out of alignment, is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly. That’s because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight. The outside of the tire just wears out fast because you’re constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a family road trip – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road.
Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into a pothole, smacking a curb or something like a rock. And it doesn’t have to be a big shock, it can just be the regular bumps and bangs of daily driving that add up and eventually take your vehicle out of alignment. That’s why one of our advisers may suggest having your alignment checked periodically.
With an alignment service, we measure each wheel’s alignment and to see where they are relative to factory specifications. While we have the vehicle on the alignment rack, we inspect the tires for wear as well as the suspension and steering components for damage or wear – things that can contribute to alignment problems. With some sedans you can adjust all four wheels so we bring all wheels into alignment. On those vehicles where you can only adjust the front wheels, we bring the front into alignment relative to the rear.
Cost varies by whether or not it’s two or four wheel adjustable. Four-wheel drive vehicles may have an additional charge because they’re more difficult to align. At any rate, it’s cheaper than having to replace tires every few months.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your wheels aligned, bring your vehicle in to Automotive Excellence for an alignment check to be sure you get the most out of your tires.
Alignments and Tire Maintenance with Automotive Excellence = Peace of Mind
Your tires are the only thing connecting your vehicle to the road, so you have to make sure they are in top condition at all times. Just because your tires may look good on the surface does not always mean they are safe. In fact: there is actually a law requiring tires to carry a certain amount of tread. To be sure you meet the legal requirement, stop by Automotive Excellence to have us check your tires.
Keep an eye out for these common signs that you may need new tires or service. If your vehicle exhibits any of these symptoms, bring it in for us to look at:
- When driving, your car pulls to one side or the other.
- You notice rhythmic vibrations.
- Your tires are wearing unevenly.
- Your tires won’t maintain proper air pressure.
- Shakes at highway speed.
- Low speed wobble in wheel.