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Do You Need a Wheel Alignment?

When your wheels are out of alignment, it causes the tires to wear unevenly and reduces fuel economy.

It can also cause problems like wandering down the road, bump steer, brake pulsation, tire cupping, increased hydroplaning and poor cornering – all expensive automotive repairs.

The average tire wear for an alignment problem is 5,500 km. The average repair cost at a dealership to repair the damage from the misalignment is over $1,000. 

That makes an out of alignment car a very expensive proposition – and one that's totally avoidable by simply getting your vehicle's wheels checked regularly and aligned if necessary.

Wheel Alignment Service

Generally, when a vehicle does not drive in a straight line a wheel alignment is recommended.

However, there could be other problems with an alignment issue or a vehicle pulling to one side including wheel balancing, brakes and suspension. Sometimes, unexpectedly hitting a curb can cause wheel damage and throw off the alignment.

To assist drivers in diagnosing a wheel alignment problem, we'll describe some of the common symptoms we see at our shop.

Then, we'll touch on the average wheel alignment cost to simplify your decision. Schedule your alignment or read on to see what type of wheel service you might require.

Do Your Wheels Need To Be Aligned?

The question of do your wheels need an alignment is frequent an we will outline typical warning signs of wheel alignment below.

But generally speaking, if your vehicle pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center or if it takes extra effort to keep your car, truck or SUV on a straight path, then a wheel alignment should fix the problem.

We perform three different alignment services:

  • Front wheel alignment (both front wheels): 2-front wheel alignment (also known as front-end alignment), means we align both front wheels to ensure the tires are aligned with each another.

  • Rear wheel alignment (both rear wheels): 2-rear wheel alignment (also known as rear-end alignment) means we align both rear wheels to ensure the tires are aligned with each another.

  • All wheel alignment (all four wheels): 4-wheel alignment, generally on 4x4 or all wheel drive vehicles means we align all four wheels. Just as a front end alignment and rear end alignment to ensure all four wheels are aligned with each other.

With each alignment service we correct:

  • Caster alignment is the angle of your steering axis when viewed from the side of your vehicle.

  • Camber alignment is the inward or outward angle of the tire when viewed from the front of the vehicle.

  • Toe alignment is the extent to which your tires turn inward or outward when viewed from above.

By correcting the caster, camber and toe alignment on your front, rear or all four tires promotes even tire wear, prevents premature tire replacement and keeps your vehicle aligned on the road.

Is a Wheel Alignment Necessary?

Our tire alignment assists your vehicle's drivability in several ways. Along with extending tire life and saving you the expense of buying new tires, your vehicle drives smooth, straight and takes less effort to drive which equals better fuel economy.

Your tires and wheels are meant to be aligned with each other. If a tire is out of alignment, the vehicle's drivability is under unnecessary stress which can cause further damage to various suspension components leading to costly repairs.

Competitive Wheel Alignment Price For All Makes

Maintaining even wear on your tires will mean a wheel alignment service. Our relied upon mechanics can inspect your wheels to diagnose whether a wheel alignment is needed or a simple tire rotation will do. 

Affordable wheel alignment service is also a concern for many car owners. That's why our mechanics offer competitive prices for our service. If you think your wheels need alignment, contact us for service.

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