You’re driving along the freeway, when you notice that your car is constantly pulling to the right. Every couple of seconds, you have to turn your wheel to maintain your lane. What’s going on? Most likely, your wheels may be misaligned.
There are many causes for misalignment of tires, including:
- Normal wear and tear
- Hitting something in the road
- Jumping a curb
- Rolling over a pothole
We recommend getting your alignment checked every 6 months/6,000 miles or after any of the above situations occur.
Alignment is important for more than just staying in your lane while driving. It is important for:
- Fuel economy. Due to the uneven amount of pressure on your tires, your fuel economy can suffer, costing you money. The increased pressure and friction that is caused by your car pulling to one side causes your car to work harder to travel the same amount of distance.
- Tire economy. Tires can wear quicker when the alignment is off, due to the amount of contact between the road and the tires. Bald tires are never good to drive on and need to be replaced, costing you money more frequently.
- Car maintenance. Pulling to one side causes strain on your engine, brakes and other major parts of your car. You can reduce the wear and tear on your car by having your wheels aligned.
- Safety. Not being able to maintain your lane because your car is always pulling to the left or right is a serious safety issue. Even though you can manually correct the problem by turning the steering wheel, you could still be swerving quite noticeably on the road.
Reduce the strain on your vehicle and tires when you wheels are aligned properly.
How to Fix your Alignment
We always recommend that our ASE-certified professionals perform realignment because of their often complex nature and the amount of equipment required. We have the Hunter alignment system that uses lasers to measure alignment within 1000ths of an inch for optimal precision.
Also, depending on the damage that has been caused to your vehicle, more substantial repairs might be required to fix your alignment, including replacing worn or damaged suspension parts. Mechanics at Quanz Advanced Auto Body might be required to complete work, like shifting the suspension cradle, in order to properly realign your wheels.
Whether your vehicle requires a simple wheel alignment or a more complicated repair, bring your car in to our shop today. No appointments are necessary.