With Fisher's Tire & Service's comprehensive and professional wheel alignment service — an essential part of auto care — you can help prevent your vehicle from pulling to one side, and thereby avoid impaired performance and uneven tire wear. That is why our technicians take great care to examine your tire condition, suspension, steering and air pressure before carrying out a road test to ensure great results.
Have your Wheel Alignment checked every other tire rotation and always when installing new tires. Wheel alignment, sometimes referred to as tracking, is part of standard automobile maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the car maker's specification. The purpose of these adjustments is to reduce tire wear, and to ensure that vehicle travel, is straight and true (without "pulling" to one side). Alignment angles can also be altered beyond the maker's specifications to obtain a specific handling characteristic. Motorsport and off-road applications may call for angles to be adjusted well beyond "normal" for a variety of reasons.
So why should you have an alignment?
Here are some good reasons:
- You have just installed or are about to install new tires
- You notice uneven tire wear
- Your steering wheel is off center
- Your vehicle pulls to the left or right
- Your vehicle drifts to the left or right
- You have any unusual handling or vibration*
- You've made contact with a curb or pothole
- Your mechanic finds worn suspension components during routine service
- Part of your routine seasonal service
- You live in an area with rough roads, like gravel roads or an urban setting with streetcars
* note that wheel alignment will not cure a vibration, but it may have caused uneven tire wear that is actually causing the vibration. In this case, you may need wheel balance or even replacement of a tire/s.
Proper tire alignment is important to avoid excessive wear on tires and vehicle parts. Bad tire alignment can decrease your MPG, make wheels work against each other, and wear out tires by causing bad tread wear patterns.
Here are some explanations of the signs that suggest you need an alignment fix.
If one of your front or back tires shows a much different wear pattern than its opposite, more likely than not, it's time for a tire alignment.
Pulling to the Right or Left
If a vehicle's wheels are badly out of alignment, you'll notice the vehicle will automatically try to turn to one side or another. If you have to wrestle with the wheel, it's time for an alignment, so that the wheels all point in the right directions.
With a lesser alignment problem, the vehicle may not actively pull, but when you let the car go straight ahead, without a hand on the steering wheel, the vehicle may naturally drift off to one direction or another. This is also a sign of an alignment problem.
A Crooked Steering Wheel
Another sign of a vehicle that is out of alignment is that the steering wheel may be crooked while the car or truck is going straight ahead. Keep an eye on this tell tale sign of an alignment problem.
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