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Wheel alignment is very important to the life of your vehicle. A car slightly out of alignment by just a few degrees can wear tires down significantly faster than normal and lower fuel economy.

How do you know when your car is out of alignment? Typical symptoms of a car out of alignment include:

  • Excessive or uneven tire wear.
  • Feeling of looseness or wandering.
  • Steering wheel is not centered when car is moving straight ahead.
  • Steering wheel pulls to the left or right.

As a general rule, it is good practice to have your wheel alignment checked every 10,000- 12,000 miles.

The front wheels are not aligned to the rear thrust line. This can happen from normal wear and stress, whether your vehicle has adjustable or non-adjustable rear suspension. To steer straight, you would have to steer the front wheels slightly to the right, resulting in the vehicle possibly pulling to the side. Of course this is just an example and the angles are exaggerated for you to see the condition, but it takes only a small misalignment to create problems and unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle.

  • First and foremost, and probably the most noticeable reason to keep your car properly aligned is to reduce tire wear. Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear. A properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to your tire life
  • Another significant reason for good alignment is for better gas mileage. Gas mileage increases as rolling resistance decreases. Correct alignment puts all four-wheel parallel which, along with proper inflation, minimizes resistance.
  • Another benefit is improved handling of your vehicle. Many of the following common handling problems can be fixed with total alignment.
  • Pulling to one side
  • Steering wheel vibration
  • Maneuvering the steering wheel to keep your car traveling in a straight line
  • Lastly but most importantly, it’s important to keep your car aligned for safety. A suspension system inspection is recommended as part of regular vehicle maintenance. This allows for worn parts to be found before they cause costly problems.