How important is wheel alignment?
Think 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
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
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
- 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.