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Wheel Alignment Explained

Keep you and and your car safe on the road with a proper wheel alignment.

What is a wheel alignment?

A wheel alignment is simply adjusting your wheels to make sure they are square with the road and parallel to one another. A trained technician will measure and make adjustments to the angles and suspension components to make sure your car or truck’s tires are meeting the road evenly. This will also ensure that your car moves straight down the road without pulling to either side.

What are the warning signs that I might need an alignment?

  • Your vehicle pulls to the right or left while you are driving straight
  • Your steering wheel is not straight while you are driving straight on a level road
  • There is a vibration in the steering wheel or through your seat that progressively gets worse as you increase speed
  • Your tires are wearing unevenly or squeal on turns
  • Your steering feels loose or unstable

What causes a vehicle to go out of alignment?

Misalignment conditions occur when the suspension and steering system are not operating at the right angles. The most common cause of this is spring sag and suspension wear on older vehicles. You can also throw your alignment off balance when you hit a pot hole, curb or get into any kind of minor or major collision.

Why should I get a wheel alignment?

Why Is A Wheel Alignment Important
Maintaining your vehicle can be overwhelming at times. We are here to guide you in making sure you have the information you need to properly maintain your vehicle and understand why each element is important. Continue reading to find out why a wheel alignment is a critical part to ensuring your vehicle is safe and running at optimal performance.

Misalignment can damage and wear your tires and parts

A wheel alignment is a small price to invest in auto maintenance. This is especially true in comparison to new tires or replacement work on your steering and suspension. Incorrect alignment settings may result in the following:

  • Uneven and rapid tread wear
  • Decreased in fuel efficiency
  • Difficult steering
  • Poor traction
  • Unnecessary strain and wear to your vehicle’s steering, suspension, and drivetrain

Many automotive warranties require you to produce proof that you have had your wheels aligned regularly, or the manufacturer will not honor them. Virtually all tire warranties are void if the owner neglects to get and document regular wheel alignments.

How often should I get a wheel alignment?

It is a good idea to get your alignment checked when you have new tires installed, steering or suspension components replaced, or when you’re noticing uneven or unusual tread wear on your tires. Anytime your vehicle has encountered noticeable impacts from road hazards or collisions, you should have your wheel alignment checked.

Keep your tires in great shape by bringing your car or truck to your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Our trained technicians are skilled in a wide range of tire services. You can get your tires rotated, repaired, replaced, and more. Your vehicle is a large investment, and it’s worth the proper care.


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