Are you noticing your car drifting to one side, or are your tires wearing down unevenly? These are signs that your wheels may be out of alignment. Wheel alignments are an unmissable maintenance task that can extend the life of your tires and improve your vehicle's handling.
So, what exactly is a wheel alignment?
In simple terms, it is the adjustment of the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The service allows your tires to make optimal contact with the road, which maximizes their lifespan and improves your vehicle's performance.
Why do wheels go out of alignment?
There are several reasons to explain why they shift out of alignment, including hitting a pothole or curb, driving on rough roads, and general wear and tear. Even new vehicles can require a wheel alignment, as the assembly process can sometimes result in misaligned wheels.
There are several signs that your vehicle needs a wheel alignment. These include:
- Uneven tire wear
- Vehicle pulling to one side
- Steering wheel not centered when driving straight
- Squealing tires
You should get a wheel alignment or, at the very least, check on its alignment every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. However, if you frequently drive on rough roads or hit potholes, you may need to get a wheel alignment more often.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's time to bring your vehicle to Scruggs Automotive for a wheel alignment. A professional mechanic at our auto service shop will use specialized equipment to measure and adjust the angles of your wheels. Let us help get your wheels back on track!