How do driving conditions affect my vehicle’s wheel alignment?
Bad roads can be your wheels’ worst enemy. If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through pot holes, or even hit a curb, your alignment can be greatly affected. This can cause even the slightest, tiniest alignment issue, which can accelerate uneven tire wear. Make sure you have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles or so. Your tires and your wallet will thank you later.
Research indicates that the average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with a toe angle misadjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year!
How will a wheel alignment help my vehicle?
A wheel alignment ensures optimal drivability. It will help your tires last longer, your vehicle drive smoother, ultimately keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction.. Plus, your car will require less energy to keep going, potentially saving a ton of fuel depending on how much alignment was required.
When your car rolled off the manufacturer assembly line, it came preset with special angles that position your tires correctly. And for good reason. In order for your vehicle to travel the way it’s supposed to, it will need precise alignment. Mis-alignment can lead to uneven tire wear, poor handling and shorter tire life. Tires are expensive. Keeping them aligned isn’t.
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What does tire wear mean to my car’s alignment?
The name of the poor alignment game is uneven tire wear. Ideally, tires should wear evenly across the tread. Uneven tire wear can also result in less MPGs and more pain at the gas pump.
Quick Fact: Poor alignment can shorten a tire’s life by thousands of miles and compromise very crucial steering and suspension parts. If you don’t want to replace tires as often and enjoy the benefits of better fuel economy, have your alignment checked, at the very least, with every other oil change or at the first sign of uneven or premature tire wear.
How can I tell if my car’s alignment is off?
There are some noticeable signs that could indicate a misalignment. Just use your eyes, ears and hands. Your senses (and even the good old personal hunch) are good human capital for spotting poor alignment. Here are some common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:
• Vehicle pulling to the left or right
• Uneven or rapid tire wear
• Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight
• Squealing tires
Noticing any of these alignment issues?
Let’s get your ride pointing in the right direction again.
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