It is important to pay attention to the drift or pull of your vehicle. If you are drifting too much to the left or right then it is a good indication that your wheels have fallen out of alignment and you need to have a wheel alignment. Research indicates that the average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with a toe angle misadjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year! Don’t wait until you have a tire blowout to complete a wheel alignment in Los Angeles, CA. Instead, call Carotech Automotive and Tires at (424) 283-4303 to schedule your appointment today.
Does Your Car Need a Wheel Alignment?
Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation noted in your owner’s manual. As a general rule, have your wheel alignment checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year. A lot of folk’s mistake wheel alignment for wheel balancing, which has more to do with evenly distributing the weight of the wheels to get a proper spin. Wheel alignment is the positioning of the wheels so they sit perpendicular to the road. One thing to remember, if your wheels remain out of alignment for an extended period of time then the wear pattern of your tires will become firmly established and you may also have damage done to your suspension. Here are some signs to look for to determine if you need a wheel alignment:
- Excessive or uneven tire wear
- The vehicle pulls to the left or right
- Feeling of looseness or wandering
- Steering wheel vibration or shimmy
- Steering wheel is not centered when the vehicle is moving straight ahead
Benefits of a Wheel Alignment
There are many benefits to getting a wheel alignment for your car. First, it reduces the wear and tear on your tires. Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear. Over the years, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to tire life. Most tires are replaced prematurely due to adverse wear. Second, it increases the gas mileage in your car. Gas mileage increases as rolling resistance decreases. Total Alignment sets all four wheels parallel, which along with proper inflation, minimizes rolling resistance. Finally, you will experience better handling while driving your car. Many handling problems can be corrected by Total Alignment service. With all the vehicle components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.
Wheel alignment is an important system for the safe operation and handling of your vehicle. Furthermore, wheel misalignment can lead to premature tire degradation and leave your wallet light. Fortunately, Carotech Automotive and Tires offers professional services for wheel alignment in Los Angeles, CA. Give us a call today at (424) 283-4303 to schedule your alignment today.