What You Need to Know About Tire Alignment

Wheel alignment is part of any standard automobile maintenance. A computer controlled device measures the angles of the vehicle’s tires through sensors mounted on the tires. in addition, your technician may test drive the car, adjust the tire pressure, and check the steering components.

What is Tire Alignment?

A tire alignment consists of adjusting the angle of the wheels and suspension so they are set to the car maker’s specification. These adjustments are meant to reduce tire wear and to ensure that the vehicle travels straight without “pulling” to one side.

How Can I Tell When I Need an Alignment?

If you’ve noticed any of these indicators, you should have your alignment checked immediately.

  • Uneven tire tread wear, like deeper tread on one side than the other or a “saw-tooth” pattern that is smooth if you run your hand one way but jagged the other way
  • Vehicle “pulling” to the left or right side instead of straight
  • Your steering wheel is off center when you are driving straight
  • Steering wheel vibrations, these are more common if the wheels are out of balance

When Does My Vehicle Need Re-aligned?

All new vehicles have their alignment checked and adjusted. It’s advised to do the alignment of the car after the first 3000 miles or so, once the suspension is set, and then after about every 6000 miles (or every few years.) Failure to realign may lead to specifications drifting outside the manufacturer’s limit. You should also get the alignment checked after a severe accident and changes in any of the suspension components.

The Benefits of a Tire Alignment

Your tires, as well as suspension and steering components, will last much longer and your vehicle will handle better. You should notice that after the tires are aligned, your vehicle grips the road better and feels much more stable.

Contact the reliable mechanics at Performance Auto for more information about keeping your tire alignment.

 

Comments

  1. I would like to have my alignment checked out. I want to make sure that my tires are worn down evenly. I think it would be nice to make sure that everything is working correctly.

  2. You mentioned that when you get your car aligned, it allows it to grip the road better and you’ll feel more stable. I noticed the other day that my car is starting to pull a bit to the left. Having the feeling of total control and stability is key for me being able to feel comfortable and safe on the road. Thank you for the read.

  3. I’ve been researching what’s been going wrong with my car and my tires are uneven on the tire treading and even has some wires sticking out at one angle. From your explanation, it sounds like I need to tires and an alignment. Now it makes sense that my car always leans to the right and I should have gotten that looked into a lot earlier.

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