Regular wheel alignments are an important part of car maintenance and prevent wear and tear on tires and vehicle parts. Bad tire alignment can reduce your gas efficiency and wear out tires prematurely. Poor tire alignment can lead to a number of different problems for your car. Here are a few reasons why you should get your wheels aligned.
It helps with tire rotation
Even if you take good care of your car and rotate its tires every 7000 miles, poorly aligned wheels will still shred tires.
Your warranty says you should
If your tires have a warranty, check its fine print. The fine print will likely say that your warranty is void if you do not go in for regular tire alignments. Don’t let your tire manufacturer win: get your wheels aligned.
It makes handling smoother
A car with properly aligned wheels is easier to handle. Proper wheel alignment is particularly important if you regularly deal with road obstacles such as ice, rocks, and potholes.
It Improves fuel efficiency
Bad alignment can lead to lower fuel efficiency as your car will have to work harder to move than it should. Don’t let improper wheel alignment work cost you your hard-earned cash.
Now that you know the benefits of wheel alignment, you should check your vehicle for signs of poor alignment. You should get a wheel alignment if you notice the following:
1. Your vehicle pulls sharply in one direction
This will be very noticeable, but it might only mean that your tires are not properly inflated. If your tires are properly inflated and your vehicle pulls in one direction, then this may be a sign that you need an alignment.
2. Uneven wearing on your tires
First, check to see if your front tires have the same wear patterns as your back tires. If the front and back tires have the same wearing patterns then your vehicle is most likely aligned. Whenever you go in for an oil change, ask your mechanic to check the tire treads to make sure.
3. Slight pulling in one direction
This is more difficult to detect compared with sharp pulling. A slight pulling can be the result of underinflated tires. If your tires are correctly inflated and it is still pulling then this may be a sign that your front end requires alignment.
4. You feel a vibration in your steering wheel
This could be a result of unbalanced tires. If your tires are balanced and the steering wheel is vibrating, your vehicle may need an alignment. The vibration is a result of your tires being pulled in opposite directions.
5. Your steering wheel does not return to center
After completing a turn, your steering wheel should naturally return to the center on its own. If the steering wheel doesn’t move back to center at all, then you may need a wheel alignment.