Wheel Alignment

 

Your vehicle's manufacturer specifies carefully calculated adjustments and precise settings for wheel alignment that will reward you with maximum vehicle performance, optimum driving enjoyment and cost savings.wheel alignment

 

Improper alignment will result in difficult handling, greatly accelerated tire wear, poor fuel economy and excessive wear on your vehicle's suspension.

Steering or handling problems may include off-center steering wheel, steering pull , unsteady steering, loose steering or hard steering. You may notice a change in steering direction after hitting bumps.

 

Unusual or accelerated tire wear may take the form of edge wear, diagonal wear or cupping that, if left unattended, will cause premature tire replacement.

Failing to maintain proper wheel alignment will make it impossible to maintain factory-specified suspension settings that control the quality of your ride.

 

Protect your investment in your vehicle by keeping your wheels properly aligned. If you bump a curb or hit a pot hole hard, have the alignment checked. If you have new tires installed or worn suspension parts replaced, be sure to have these repairs accompanied by a wheel alignment.

 

Wheel Alignment

A wheel alignment will tire and wheel alignmentsave you money by significantly extending the life of your tires and suspension! 

 

What happens when you don’t fix your alignment issue?

 • Safety Issues
 • Uneven Tire Wear
 • Poor Fuel Economy
 • Premature Wear Of Parts

 

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Signs Your Wheel Alignment Needs to be Adjusted
 

Bumps in the road cause the wheels of your vehicle to move up and down on the road surface. This energy gets transferred into the frame of the car. Without some system that absorbs this energy, the wheels might lose contact with the road. The suspension of the vehicle keeps the tires from slamming back onto the surface of the road, thus giving you a smoother drive and allowing safer handling. Learn how to identify the signs that indicate your car needs a wheel alignment.


What to Watch For
Tire alignment refers to the adjustment of how the tires make contact with the road. When the alignment is off, you may notice one of these signs:
  • Your vehicle pulls to the right or the left
  • When driving straight, the steering wheel is off center
  • The steering wheel vibrates
  • Your tires show an uneven tread
  • Your vehicle tracks with uneven surfaces or follows grooves in the road
  • In addition, you and your passengers might experience a very bumpy ride, even on a fairly smooth stretch of highway.


The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment
Wheel alignment is vital not only to a smooth ride, but also to the way your vehicle handles on the open road, when turning corners, or going around a curve. Your tires depend on proper alignment of the suspension system. No one wants to replace worn out tires due to premature wear and tear. Making sure the steer-ing and suspension system of your car or truck is in alignment extends the life of your tires and provides steering stability, even under difficult conditions.


Most manufacturers leave the regularity of performing a wheel alignment open to necessity instead of placing it on a factory maintenance schedule. There’s no real timeline, because there are so many factors that can change the need for alignment. It’s recommended that when you get new tires you should invest in an alignment to prevent uneven and premature tire wear. If you have a bad habit of hitting curbs or drive on roads that are riddled with pot holes, you might want to check the alignment more often than once a year. Our technicians can quickly tell you if an alignment is needed or have parts that are simply wearing out, accelerating the wear of tires. Schedule an appointment with us to keep your vehicle handling well on the road.

 

Why Is a Wheel Alignment Important?

It’s 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. That’s 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 won’t notice right away, but you will if you keep driving around town when you’re out of alignment, is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly. That’s 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 you’re constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a family road trip – 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 doesn’t 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. That’s why one of our advisors may suggest having your alignment checked periodically.

 

wheel out of alignmentWith an alignment service, we measure each wheel’s 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 – 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 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 cheaper than having to replace tires every few months.

 

If it’s been a while since you’ve had your wheels aligned, there are several ways to schedule an appointment for service and/or repair with us;

 


 

How important is wheel alignment?
Wheel Alignment Lake Havasu City AZThink of it this way: Research indicates that the average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with a toe angle misadjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year!
 

What are the “symptoms” of a vehicle with incorrect alignment?
Have your vehicle checked if you notice:
Excessive or uneven tire wear.
The vehicle pulls to the left or right.
Feeling of looseness or wandering.
Steering wheel vibration or shimmy.
Steering wheel is not centered when the vehicle is moving straight ahead.


How often should I have my vehicle aligned?
Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation noted in your owner’s manual. As a general rule, have your wheel alignment checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.

 

The Importance of Total Alignment:

Reduced Tire Wear: Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear. Over the years, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to tire life. Most tires are replaced prematurely due to adverse wear.

Better Gas Mileage: Gas mileage increases as rolling resistance decreases. Total Alignment sets all four wheels parallel, which along with proper inflation, minimizes rolling resistance.

Improved Handling: Does your car pull to one side? Do you constantly have to move the steering wheel to keep your car traveling straight ahead? Many handling problems can be corrected by Total Alignment service. With all the vehicle components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.

Safer Driving: A suspension system inspection is part of the alignment procedure. This allows worn parts to be detected before they cause costly problems.

 

 

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