It’s no surprise your vehicle will drive better if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That’s called wheel alignment. What might you notice first if your wheels are out of alignment? Usually it’s that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other. Now, something you won’t notice right away but will if you keep driving when you’re out of alignment, is your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly, and that’s not good. When your vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight.
The outside of the tire just wears out fast because you’re constantly turning as you correct against the pull. Not mention it can be very exhausting on a long road trip, fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road. What causes wheels to go out of alignment? Some of the things are slamming into a pothole, smacking a curb or something like a rock. And it doesn’t have to be a big shock either, it could just be the regular bumps and bangs of daily driving that add up and eventually take your vehicle out of alignment. This is why your owner’s manual or service advisor may suggest having your alignment checked periodically. Just what do we do to fix your car’s alignment? First, we measure each wheel’s alignment 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, things that contribute to alignment problems. With some vehicles, we have to adjust all four wheels so they’re all brought into alignment. On those vehicles where you can only adjust the front wheels, we bring the front wheels into alignment relative to the rear. I know this sounds pretty comprehensive. Does that mean it costs a lot? It various by whether or not it’s two or four wheel adjustable. Four-wheel drive vehicles may have an additional charge, because they’re more difficult to align. At any rate, it’s far less expensive than having to replace tires every few months. In fact, our basic two-wheel alignment is just $69.95. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your wheels aligned, bring your vehicle in for an alignment check. Call us today:.
What? Didn’t we just cover the reasons you might want to buy an SUV last week? You bet we did. In the interests of fairness, we thought it might be valuable to offer an opposing viewpoint this week. Today’s opposing viewpoints come from Jim Kenzie of Motoring TV from an episode back in 1997. Jim says you can call them crossovers or call them SUVs – just don’t call them yours.
I want to address a veryimportant maintenance item…timing belt replacement. It’s important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel. They close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn, and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust.