What is a wheel alignment and how do I know I need one?
A wheel alignment makes sure all 4 tires are perfectly moving in the same direction. The most common reason for investing in an alignment is to make your tires last as long as possible. Good tires can go 60k miles if your alignment is strait but with an alignment out of spec those tires could wear out in less than 10,000 miles. We recommend an alignment *once a year* or anytime you buy new tires. Think about all of the bumps and potholes you hit every single day and imagine that abuse happening over a year! Yep, time for an alignment!
Your car pulling to side or your steering wheel being off center is another good sign that an alignment is due. By that time the alignment is severely out of spec and probably causing major tire wear issues as well as handling concerns. Even if your wheel is straight and the car isn’t pulling there’s still a chance the alignment could be off causing premature tire wear. Next time you’re in for service just ask for out *Free Alignment Check* and we’ll make sure everything is in order.
My steering wheel is shaking, is it time for an alignment?
We get this question a lot and in most cases when there is a vibration, shake, or rattle it is not caused by the alignment. When your steering wheel shakes or you feel your car shaking the problem is typically related to wheel balance, a suspension failure, or even a misfire. These can be inspected during our free courtesy inspection that we perform every time we see your car.