Wheel alignment is important to the health of your car or truck.
An alignment will ensure that your car drives straight and making car handling better, making your ride safer. You’ll also get better gas mileage ( reduced fuel consumption) because your tyres will be properly aligned with the road, decreasing resistance.
If you’re wondering whether your car needs an alignment, first look at your tires. Uneven tyre wear — often, more wear on the outside of some tires — is a prime indicator that your car is likely out of alignment. Here are a few more indicators:
– your car seems to be drifting to one side, even when you think you’re driving straight
– your steering wheel vibrates
– you are driving straight, but your steering wheel isn’t centered
If none of these indicators occurs but it’s been a while since your last alignment, check your owner’s manual to see how often the manufacturer recommends having this service.
An out-of-alignment car is a common result of everyday driving. But the term alignment doesn’t really refer to your car’s wheels but rather to the suspension. As part of normal driving, parts of your car’s suspension may become worn, and springs can be stretched out. Even a small accident or bumping a curb can disrupt your suspension, knocking some of the highly calibrated components off-kilter, making your wheels sit at improper angles. An alignment restores these angles to their correct measurements, making sure that your wheels sit straight.
According to Consumer Reports, the most visible benefit of an alignment is less tire wear. And when tyres do wear down, they’ll do so evenly on a properly aligned suspension. Tires can be quite expensive — easily =N= 17,000 or more per tire — whereas an alignment often costs =N=1,500 to =N=4,000, making it a cost-effective procedure that should be part of regular car maintenance.