Proper wheel alignment is essential for many reasons – it ensures that you have adequate control of your vehicle, keeps the wheels and brakes working properly, and avoids excessive tire wear. A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of your vehicle’s tires to manufacturer specifications.
Vehicle manufacturers have various recommendations for how often your car needs a wheel alignment. Typically, once a year to every two years is usually recommended depending on your driving habits. A wheel alignment sets the caster, camber, and toe for the front wheels on your car. An alignment service is generally included when you get new tires or bring your vehicle in for this scheduled service. However, an alignment may be necessary if your tires get out of alignment due to hitting potholes, speed bumps, or road debris.
Signs your vehicle needs a wheel alignment:
- Car veers to one side
- Uneven tire wear
- Vibrating while driving
- The steering wheel isn’t straight
- Difficulty steering
The wheel alignment on your car helps your tires last longer, gives you more control of your vehicle at higher speeds, and can provide a more comfortable ride overall. Proper alignment also prevents front-end suspension parts from wearing out too quickly.