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Wheel Alignment – Do You Need One?

When you are driving down the road, most likely on the highway, do you notice your car pulling either to the left or to the right? Maybe it is not necessarily pulling but rather, drifting, if you let the steering wheel go for a second? This phenomenon is a sign that you may be due for a wheel alignment.

Other symptoms that help confirm your vehicle needs a wheel alignment are: after visual inspection and comparison of your tires, you notice uneven tire wear pattern between them; you may possibly even feel or hear a vibration while driving down the road; or your steering wheel may be crooked while you are driving straight on a straightaway. If you have these symptoms, does it really mean you need a wheel alignment?

These vehicle symptoms, like any cold or flu symptom a person may have, are not just inconveniences that can simply be shrugged off and endured without consequences. Like a cold or a flu, if you ignore the symptoms of a wheel alignment problem, oftentimes they can escalate and cause worse issues for you and your vehicle. Let’s discuss a few of the reasons why getting a wheel alignment is a necessity and not just a suggestion.

  • You may consistently and on a regular basis bring your car in for a tire rotation, thinking that will help your vehicle’s tires last longer. While getting a rotation is an excellent idea, if you have a wheel alignment problem, then your tires can still wear incorrectly and shred earlier than designed or expected. Getting a wheel alignment helps make sure tire rotations are worth your time and effort.
  • Many times, when you buy tires, they come with a warranty or lifetime certificate. This warranty may stipulate getting occasional wheel alignments, to help the tires wear the way they were supposed to. If you avoid getting a wheel alignment, especially after noticing different alignment issues and symptoms, you could void the warranty. Having periodic wheel alignments can save you in the long run, by helping you keep your warranty up-to-date.
  • As some of the symptoms we talked about earlier included a pull to the side while driving, a wheel alignment can help alleviate that problem. Being able to concentrate on your surroundings and where you are going, is far more important than trying to make sure you stay within the driving lines.
  • A benefit from getting a wheel alignment, that everyone would appreciate, is the improvement in gas mileage. If your car has wheel alignment problems, then it has to output more energy towards where it is trying to go, as opposed to using that energy more efficiently towards where it is actually This benefit alone may not necessarily make a wheel alignment imperative, but in the long run, it will help you save a lot of money on gas.
  • The worst case scenario having a bad wheel alignment could cause, is messing up other parts of the car. A bad wheel alignment can make your car shake and move in ways it shouldn’t, which can cause different things in your vehicle to wear out quicker. Although this is in the most extreme situations, getting a wheel alignment can save you from your worst nightmare becoming your worst reality.

Wheel alignments have many benefits that make them more than just a suggestion. Both in short-term and the long-term, having a wheel alignment can save you money and headaches. Although alignment prices vary in different areas, the varying prices do not change the fact that getting an alignment will improve both you and your tires’ lives.

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