Wheel Alignments 101

Wheel Alignments 101

When you leased or financed your vehicle everything was set to optimize your performance, but these settings are not permanent. Over time your wheel alignment can shift, which compromises your driving safety. Routine wheel alignments restore the initial wheel settings and ensure smooth performance.

When to Get a Wheel Alignment

There are a number of things that can cause a shift in your wheel alignment. Wear and tear is often a factor, and in the springtime potholes can be a main cause. The sudden movements affects the wheels and results in a shift in their alignment. Driving through one pothole usually won't throw off your alignment, but some are big enough to do this, and it can definitely happen if you drive over many potholes. If you notice pulling to the left or right, steering wheel vibrations, uneven tire wear, or an off-center steering wheel, then you probably need to schedule a wheel alignment.

Benefits of Getting a Wheel Alignment

The main reason to get regular wheel alignments is that they help your vehicle last longer and prevent you having to fork over more money in the long run. It enables smooth handling, enhanced efficiency, and optimized traction. In addition, routine wheel alignments can decrease wear and tear on your tires, and enhance and prolong their performance.

Preventative Measures

There are a few things you can do to prevent having to get a wheel alignment. The main thing is to avoid potholes, as these are major factors in having to get a wheel alignment. Losing the extra weight in your trunk decreases the load on your tires, and you should always fill your tires to the proper air pressure to ensure balance and alignment. In any case, you should schedule an alignment check every 13,000 km to ensure there are no extra repairs needed.

Schedule an Appointment

Our Certified Technicians are here to make sure your vehicle gets the care it needs when it comes to your wheels and their health. If you think it might be time for your next wheel alignment, call (403) 273-7755 or visit our Service Department to schedule an appointment today!