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.



  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.

  4. Thank you for the post on what you need to know about tire alignment. I definitely think you should always be checking your wheels for signs of wear or low tire pressure. I think that checking if your car pulls to the side while driving straight is a great quick way to see if you need an alignment.

  5. My sister bought a car months ago and there had been steel wheel vibrations. It was explained here that a car needs wheel alignment when there are vibrations and the steering wheel is off center. Moreover, it’s advisable to go to auto service for tire alignment.

  6. Thanks for addressing the importance of tire alignment. Tire needs regular maintenance like other components of the vehicle to last long. Tire rotation and wheel alignment are two important aspect of regular tire maintenance which is really necessary to prolong the life of the tire. Apart from this, tire pressure should be inspected regularly and if necessary should be properly inflated. Tires with little or no tread depth couldn’t generate better traction on the slippery road surface and replacement of such tire is really essential to get better control over the vehicle.

  7. My car has been pulling to the right for a week now, and I thought it might be something wrong with the wheel, but you might be right that the tire alignment could be causing the problem. I haven’t had the tires aligned since I bought the car as far as I know, so according to your timeline, my car is well due for it. It’s good to know that my car will handle better after an alignment, and I appreciate the tip.

  8. I never knew that uneven tire tread meant that your tires may be misaligned! The edge of my front right tire is much more worn down the the other side, so maybe that is the case for us. We’ll have to take the car in to get it looked at and fixed if the alignment really is the problem. Thanks for making me aware!

  9. You got me when you said that you must consider having your car’s aligned when your car is pulling to a different direction when you’re driving it on a straight road. My husband fetched me from the grocery store yesterday. I actually found it funny when his car was drifting to the right side instead of straight no matter how he tried to fix it. I also noticed that is steering wheel is off-center, so I will ask him to have his car serviced as soon as possible.

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