Technically, a wheel alignment is actually an alignment of the suspension, which ensures that all four wheels are pointed straight and true. A vehicle that is out of alignment will cause unusual tire wear, and can even pull to one side. Alignment is not a part of regular maintenance, but should be checked periodically. Here is how to know if you should have the alignment checked:
- New Tires:
Since a misalignment will cause accelerated and uneven tire wear, it only makes sense to buy an alignment from a competent provider.
- Steering Wheel Pulls To One Side:
Pulling in the steering wheel can be caused by wheel alignment problems. Consult a trusted automotive professional to ensure that you get proper diagnostics and advice.
- Strange Tire Wear:
Accelerated tire wear is most often caused by wheel alignment issues. Make an appointment for a wheel alignment, but be sure to explain the symptoms as well any history of accidents or impacts that may have affected your vehicle.
- Potholes or Curb Hits:
Driving through a pothole or into a curb can cause damage to tires, wheels, and suspension components, resulting in alignment concerns. You don’t necessarily need to head straight for the shop, but it is advisable to have a professional inspect for damage just to be safe. If you notice anything unusual, have it inspected as soon as possible.
If you are involved in an accident, it is important to have your car thoroughly checked out. Even minor collisions can cause hidden damage, and misalignment is particularly common after any impact.
Wheel alignment is greatly influenced by the competency of the people doing the alignment, so finding a competent alignment tech is important. Wheel alignments are not particularly difficult or expensive, and they can make a real difference in the life of your tires, as well as gas mileage and “steering comfort.” If you notice signs of pulling or unusual tire wear, wheel alignment is the place to start. It is also a good idea to be proactive and have your car aligned whenever you do anything that shakes up the car, and for sure when you have new tires installed.
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