Wheel Alignment And Tire Maintenance FAQ
Regular tire maintenance and wheel alignment reduces fuel consumption and prevents undue tire wear. Worn shock absorbers and weak springs can also contribute to the waste of fuel. This page provides information on wheel alignment and tire maintenance.
Why should a car’s wheels be aligned?
Correctly aligned wheels extend tire life and improve fuel efficiency They also help safe steering of the vehicle and comfortable ride.
What is wheel alignment?
Wheel alignment is the adjustment of steering and suspension components so that car steers properly, tires experience minimum wear and you will get better fuel milage.
why does a car go out of alignment?
Misalignment is caused by impacts from hitting potholes and bumps, loose steering or suspension componets and wear from aging of suspension parts. It is recommended that you have your car’s wheels aligned at least once a year or every 15,000 miles, whichever is earlier.
How critical is misalignment to tire mileage?
The expected life of a tire can be reduced drastically if a vehicle has a severe misalignment condition.
How long should it take to align a car?
On most vehicles alignment can be completed in approximately 50-60 minutes.
How long should alignment last?
Normally an alignment will hold for 10,000-15,000 miles Naturally, if your vehicle suffers any severe shocks from hitting potholes, curbs, etc., your alignment can be thrown off in a short time.
If tires are worn unevenly does it mean that the wheels are out of alignment?
Uneven wear can be caused by many factors such as improper wheel balancing, worn shock absorbers, worn front end parts, alignment problems, etc. The best advice is to bring your vehicle in for inspection.
Is it necessary to have a car aligned the same day after purchasing new tires?
No. It is recommended that you have your alignment done within the first 3000 miles of mounting new tires, unless your old tires have shown a severe alignment problem.
My car vibrates at different speeds. Will wheel alignment cure that problem?
Poor alignment usually does not cause specific speed vibrations. This condition is normally attributed to the tire and wheel assembly being out of balance. Therefore, wheel balancing is recommended