It’s very important to maintain a vehicle’s proper wheel alignment since it is critical for accurate handling, increases fuel mileage, and reduces tire wear. Modern wheel alignments also works hand in hand with stability control systems and, in some vehicles, lighting systems.

Symptoms one might experience if their automobile needs alignment

  • The vehicle may pull or drift to the left or right of center
  • The front or rear tires may show signs of abnormal wear
  • The tires may squeal when turning
  • The suspension may wear prematurely – the others are easy enough to understand. This may need some qualification
  • The vehicle may steer hard or shimmy while driving at highway speeds

Common services one might need if their vehicle is in need of this service

  • Four-wheel alignment, most cars now require all 4 wheels be aligned and adjusted
  • Tire rotation and/or replacement
  • Ride height check, which then may require spring replacement
  • Suspension and steering component check

Preventative maintenance tasks one should consider

  • Rotate tires at regular service intervals
  • Have a qualified professional technician check the alignment at least once a year
  • Have a qualified professional technician check the suspension, shocks, and springs at least once a year
  • Maintain proper air pressure