What is Wheel Alignment?
It is a maintenance necessary to be performed at regular intervals: once every 20k to 30k miles in order to keep your vehicle running safely and reliably. By aligning your vehicle’s wheels, you are adjusting the main angle of your tires to ensure the car is tracking straight. Proper wheel alignment makes the vehicle steer easily and allows tires to wear evenly.
How can I tell that I need wheel alignment?
Common to all cars, the vehicle’s steering and suspension get damaged overtime due to some road abuse, such as going over pot holes, hitting the curb or driving over speed bumps. The latter will cause the tires to get nudged out of alignment, which will affect the drivability of the vehicle. If your steering wheel is off center but your car is driving straight or alternatively, if the steering wheel is centered but the car isn’t driving straight then you need to get your wheel alignment checked.
What are some the benefits of getting wheel alignment?
Here are a few reasons why wheel alignment is beneficial for your piece of mind, your car and your pocket.
- Avoids wear and tear to the tires prematurely which means it’ll prevent you from replacing the tires much sooner then you expected.
- Fuel economy = better gas mileage. Failure to get alignment on time will create more rolling resistance, forcing your car to work harder, using more fuel.
- Smooth driving, lack of vibration at high speeds.
- Safety & piece of mind. When tires are not pointing in the right direction, they will affect steering, hence pulling your steering to one side while driving.
The cost of wheel alignment service varies, depending on the make and model of your vehicle, the type of alignment required such as front-end alignment or a 4-wheel alignment and length of warranty.
Evidently having your wheels aligned properly not only provides you a piece of mind but it’s cost effective in regards to fuel efficiency, tire replacement and other potential repairs.
Have your alignment checked every other oil change.
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