How can I know if it is the time for a wheel alignment?
What is a wheel alignment?
An alignment involves adjusting three main angles of your tires to ensure the car is tracking straight, or driving where you point the steering wheel. Over time, your car’s suspension endures enough abuse from the road to shuffle and jostle things out of their original position.
Given enough time on the road, this happens to every car. Add other mishaps like bumping into a curb or driving over a speed bump too quickly and your suspension and steering can be rendered unsafe.
Symptoms & Solutions
How do driving conditions affect my vehicle’s wheel alignment?
Bad roads can be your wheels’ worst enemy. If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through pot holes, or even hit a curb, your alignment can be greatly affected.
This can cause even the slightest, tiniest alignment issue, which can accelerate uneven tire wear. Make sure you have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles or so. Your tires and your wallet will thank you later.
Why get a wheel alignment?
If your alignment isn’t correct, the car will react differently to than the manufacturer intended and the more time you drive your misaligned vehicle, the more damage you’ll do to the suspension and steering components.
Additionally, the lifespan of your tires can suffer drastically from poor alignment. Tires are designed with the idea that a specific part will make contact with the road. A misaligned car will put them at an incorrect angle, meaning that the right part of the tire isn’t making contact with the road. Your tires will wear unevenly or wear out sooner than they should, which means you’ll have to replace them more frequently.
What does tire wear mean to my car’s alignment?
The name of the poor alignment game is uneven tire wear. Ideally, tires should wear evenly across the tread. If you’re noticing excessive wear on the rear inside tires, you may have too much junk in the trunk or need an alignment adjustment. Uneven tire wear can also result in less MPGs and more pain at the gas pump.
Quick Fact: Poor alignment can shorten a tire’s life by thousands of miles and compromise very crucial steering and suspension parts. That’s a big hit to the wallet. If you don’t want to replace tires as often and enjoy the benefits of better fuel economy, have your alignment
checked, at the very least, with every other oil change or at the first sign of uneven or premature tire wear.
How can I tell if my car’s alignment is off?
There are some noticeable signs that could indicate a misalignment. Just use your eyes, ears and hands. Your senses (and even the good old personal hunch) are good human capital for spotting poor alignment. Here are some common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:
Vehicle pulling to the left or right
Uneven or rapid tire wear
Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight
What are some misalignment issues I can remedy myself?
Even if everything feels right, and no symptoms are present, there are some more alignment issues that you can remedy yourself.
Try these out:
Remove junk from your trunk Alignment is based on tire angles, which go hand-in-hand with vehicle chassis height. If you have too much weight loading down your back end, that lowers your vehicle height, throwing off your alignment. Remove what you don’t need and make sure to have your alignment check since your alignment can’t adjust itself.
Maintain correct air pressure in your tires
Embrace conservative driving. It will place less strain on steering and suspension components which are key to maintaining proper alignment.
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