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:.
All new cars and light trucks, since 2008, have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. The TPMS system detects when a tire becomes under-inflated and lights up a warning light on the dash. So what’s the big deal? Well, under-inflated tires can be a real safety concern. First of all, they don’t handle properly, and that can lead to an accident. And second, under-inflated tires can overheat and cause the tire to come apart, which can also lead to an accident.