Thursday 17 October 2019

Auto Select's Guide to Wheel Alignment - When do I need to get one?

Posted by at 2:47 PM

Question:
How do I know when I need a wheel alignment?

Answer:
When vehicle wheels are properly aligned they all point in the same direction. When they are out of alignment, most drivers notice a couple of things. First the vehicle pulls to one side when driving. It could be slight or pretty severe. If your wheels have been out of alignment for a while, you'll also start to see uneven tire wear – the shoulder on either the outside or inside of the tire is worn down more than the other.

A whole bunch of steering and suspension components are joined together. Everyday driving can cause wheels to go out of alignment over time just from the joints loosening up. That's why most recommend an alignment check every couple of years. Depending on where you live in WI or the conditions you drive in (off-road driving, harsh winter conditions, poor pavement, etc.), an alignment inspection every year at may be called for.

Suspension and steering components wear over time as well, which can lead to and alignment issues. Of course, a big bump, like hitting a curb or pothole, can knock a wheel out of alignment or damage a steering or suspension part.

Your friendly and knowledgeable Auto Select service advisor will check your tires for uneven wear. The type of wear provides clues for what might be wrong. Undercar parts are inspected for wear and damage. The alignment machine will provide a reading of how each wheel is aligned. The reading is compared with the alignment settings recommended by the manufacturer, and then the technician makes the necessary adjustments and repairs to bring your wheels back into alignment.

Putting off a wheel alignment can get dangerous because of tire wear: a bad alignment can chew through a tire pretty quickly. If you see uneven tire wear, if your steering wheel is off center or your vehicle pulls to one side, ask your Auto Select service advisor about getting an alignment check.

To watch a 20 second video on this, click here,