What are some signs that my vehicle needs a wheel alignment?
Most alignment warning signs are easy to spot...
• Unusual tire wear - tires are worn in a cupped, scalloped or
diagonal stripe pattern at edges or across the tread, or wear is
uneven with "feathered" edges on the treads.
• Unusual steering feel - the steering feels stiffer than it should,
or the wheel does not return to the center position when released.
• The steering wheel is cocked to one side when the front wheels are
pointing straight ahead.
• The vehicle tends to pull to one side while driving, or tends to
wander or weave, or is subject to front end "shimmy".
Steering, Suspension, & Alignment
It's much more important than just smoothing out a bumpy ride.
To maintain precise control of your vehicle, you need to be able to
steer properly. Your car's steering is directly affected by its
suspension system and proper alignment of the wheels.
Whether your vehicle has a conventional suspension system with shock
absorbers or a strut-based system (which is typical for many of
today's front-wheel drive models), your nearest quality auto shop
has the know-how to diagnose and repair the problem. Our expert
mechanics can also uncover alignment trouble and help you get back
Think you have steering or suspension problems? Telltale signs
include uneven or excessive tire wear, poor steering control, and
excessive bouncing. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if you
have questions about steering or alignment, simply stop by at
nearest quality auto center shop today. You can count on our skilled
mechanics to help smooth out your ride.
Learn more about steering, suspension, and alignment in the
Maintenance tips. (BACK TO TOP)
The process of tire balancing is when the weight of the tire, when
mounted on its wheel and the vehicle's axle, is uniformly
distributed around the axle. Or, in simple terms, there are no heavy
spots on the tire.
An out of balance tire can affect ride quality; shorten the life of
tires, bearings, shocks and other suspension components. If your
vehicle has a vibration that is dependent on speed, and usually
becomes noticeable around 40-45 mph and increases as your speed
increases, it's probably balance related.
Tire balancing is achieved by adding weight across the tire from the
heavy spot to "balance" things out. (BACK TO TOP)
Why should I rotate my tires?
As you drive along the road, your tire tread is rubbing off on the
road surface. That is what is known as tire wear. Tire rotation
ensures that all of the tires wear evenly in order to extend the
length of the tire's life on your vehicle. You see, front tires wear
on the outside because the tire leans over when you turn the
vehicle. Rear tires wear much less because they follow the front
tires. So, in order to make sure the tire wear evenly, you want to
change which tires are in the front to keep one pair of tires from
wearing out too quickly.
When should I rotate my tires?
Most technicians recommend tire rotation every 6,000 to 7,500 miles.
Check your vehicle's owner's manual for your manufacturer's
recommendation. (BACK TO TOP)