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Wheel Alignment 101

The vehicle you drive came off of the production line and was delivered to the dealership tuned to a specific wheel alignment that was designed to maintain the maximum driving experience for the vehicle. The manufacturer of your vehicle designed the vehicle with the expectation that this alignment is kept and maintained. The wheel alignments can be altered very easily and quickly. Your wheel alignment can be compromised by unmaintained roads, pot holes, by hitting a curb or getting into the smallest of accidents.

Signs it’s time for a wheel alignment are:

-Pulling to the left and right
-Uneven tire wear
-Rapid tire wear
-Squealing tires (usually when turning around a corner)
-Vibrations in the steering wheel
-Steering wheel is crooked when driving straight

By keeping up with routine check-ups and alignments, you will find that your driving experience will be much better, as will your wallet, by not having to worry about added repairs and replacements that can be avoided.

What will routine wheel alignments do for your vehicle?

-Tire longevity: Proper alignment will minimize tire wear and tear
-Smoother riding
-Keeps tires pointed in the right direction
-Minimizes braking distance
-Maximizes fuel efficiency

Because there is no ‘Need Wheel Alignment Now’ light that illuminates on your dashboard when your alignment has been thrown off, it’s recommended you visit your mechanic or service center for a professional check-up. An unwritten rule that many follow is having your wheels aligned every other oil change. There’s also the idea of getting to your mechanic if you feel something off in your vehicle’s operation.

How to minimize the need of getting a wheel alignment:

-Junk in the trunk? The weight of material in your trunk lowers the level of your vehicle, which changes the angle of your wheels.
-Maintain correct air pressure in your tires: Most vehicles have a tire pressure gauge on the dashboard that will illuminate when tire pressure is needed. Frequent tire pressure check-ups could save you a lot of money in repair bills and extend the mileage/lifetime of your tires.
-Drive conservatively: By keeping a less than aggressive profile on the roadways, it will not only keep your wheels aligned correctly, but it will add to the lifetime of your vehicle altogether.

Always keep a lookout for the signs that your wheel alignment is off and keep up with the minor maintenance. Minor Maintenance on your vehicle will insure to make long lasting differences on the performance of your vehicle. A visit to your mechanic or service center may save you much more in the end than having to have your tires completely replaced prematurely.

If you’re having issues with your car’s wheel alignment then bring it over to Montgomeryville Acura.