How important is wheel alignment?
Think of it this way: Research indicates that the average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with a toe angle mis-adjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year!
What are the symptoms of a vehicle with incorrect alignment?
Have your vehicle checked if you notice:
How often should I have my vehicle aligned?
Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation noted in your owner’s manual. As a general rule, have your wheel alignment checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.
The importance of Total Alignment:
Your vehicle drifts or pulls to one side or the other while driving. Keep in mind most roads are sloped or crowned to allow for better water run off. Your car will tend to drift down hill so in this case it is the road not your alignment. If you want to test your vehicles alignment find a three lane straight road. Drive down the center lane, it is usually the most level lane.
Normal driving wear and tear will cause your wheel alignment to be off. Over a long period of time the components of your suspension wear and begin to sag. As this happens the wheel alignment slowly moves out of its acceptable range.
The ride height of a car is taken into consideration when the car and the wheel alignment specifications are designed. When we align your vehicle all we have to go by is the manufacture’s specs. We have no way to know if the alignment specs will continue to be accurate with the vehicle sitting at a different ride height.
Having a properly aligned vehicle means a smoother ride, better gas mileage, and extended tire life. And it can improve your overall safety, by increasing the amount of the tire in contact with the road and preventing your vehicle from pulling to the left or the right.