Why is wheel alignment so important? If a car is misaligned even just below .2 inches, with an estimate of 12,000 miles driven per year, the misaligned wheels can drag your car over 68 miles by the end of the year. It is recommended that you have your wheels aligned ever 10,000 miles or once a year; check your vehicle’s manufacturer’s recommendation that can be found in your owner’s manual. Getting your vehicle’s wheels aligned will save you money in more than one category.
Q: How can I tell if my vehicle needs a wheel alignment?
A: There are a few things you should be looking for to see if your vehicle is in need of a wheel alignment:
- Steering wheel vibration
- Your vehicle pulling left or right when you drive
- Uneven tire wear
- The steering wheel is not straight when the car is going straight
Lessens Tire Wear: When you get your wheels aligned, it reduces your vehicle’s tire wear. You can add thousands of miles of life to your tires because they will not prematurely wear, saving you money in the future.
Better Handling: Does your car often pull to one side of the road causing you to constantly steer it back to the center? Is road shock not being absorbed properly causing a bumpy ride? Many of these problems can be corrected by having your tires aligned properly.
Gas Mileage: When you have the wheels on your car aligned, the wheels will be parallel and not fighting each other to go different ways. With this increased efficiency, your car will not have to use as much power to get you where you need to go and you will see the savings in money and time.