Itís no surprise that your vehicle will drive better during rush
hour, weekend cruising, or in daily stop-n-go traffic if all the wheels are pointed in the same
direction. Thatís called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may
notice that your car pulls to one side or the other.
Something that you wonít notice right
away, but you will if you keep driving around town when
youíre out of alignment, is that your tires are
wearing unevenly and fairly quickly. Thatís because when the
vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back
straight. The outside of the tire just wears out fast because
youíre constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a
road trip Ė fighting to keep the vehicle
going straight down the road.
Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of
alignment are slamming into a pothole, smacking a curb or something like a rock. And it
doesnít have to be a big shock, it can just be the regular bumps
and bangs of daily driving that add up and eventually take your
vehicle out of alignment. Thatís why one of our advisors
suggest having your alignment checked periodically.
With an alignment service, we measure each wheelís alignment
and to see where they are relative to factory specifications.
While we have the vehicle on the alignment rack, we inspect the
tires for wear as well as the suspension and steering components
for damage or wear Ė things that can contribute to
alignment problems. With some sedans you can adjust all
four wheels so we bring all wheels into alignment. On those
vehicles where you can only adjust the front wheels, we bring the
front into alignment relative to the rear.
Cost varies by whether or not itís two or
four wheel adjustable. Four-wheel drive vehicles may have an
additional charge because theyíre more difficult to align. At any
rate, itís cheaper than having to replace tires every few months.
If itís been a while since youíve had your
wheels aligned, there are several ways to schedule an appointment
for service and/or repair with us;
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE,
and bring your vehicle to our service center for an alignment