Why are Wheel Alignments Important?
April 13th, 2015
At Chabill’s Auto & Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we know that the winter wasn’t as tough here as it was in many other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have more than our share of potholes and rough spots. The roads can be downright cruel to even the most well-maintained vehicle, with the most careful driver behind the wheel. Your car leaves the factory with the front wheels set to exact alignment, but bumps, potholes and curbs will inevitably change that. Studies have shown that 50-70% of the vehicles on the road are in need of a front end alignment.
Chabill’s Auto & Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA suggests that alignments should be part of a regular maintenance routine for your car or truck; it’s advisable to at least have alignment checked once a year. It’s also a good idea to have alignment checked when replacing tires or suspension parts, and definitely after a hard hit on a curb or pothole. Older vehicles may need alignment more frequently due to wear of suspension and steering parts.
Wheel alignments are a precision job that require a specialized setup called an alignment rack.The alignment rack is used to examine the wheels’ position in regards to several crucial angles, and the technician makes fine, minute adjustments on certain linkages in the car’s suspension to bring the wheels back into spec again. For some newer vehicles, Chabill’s Auto & Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA advises that all four wheels may need to be aligned.
A few signs of a car that needs wheel alignment might include:
- Steering that feels “heavy” or clumsy
- Steering wheel is off-center while driving straight
- Steering wheel pulls to the right or left
- Uneven wear patterns on front tires -- excessive wear along the inside or outside edge of a tire, as that tire tries to push or pull the car in a different direction from the rest
- Car pulls to one side or another while braking
- Excessive tire squeal while negotiating a turn on dry pavement, at low speed
In addition, a car in need of wheel alignment will use more fuel as it requires more energy to get down the road with one wheel that’s “dragging” and trying to push or pull the vehicle to one side or the other.
If you suspect your vehicle is in need of wheel alignment, why spend more money on gas and tires that wear prematurely? Make an appointment with Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service for wheel alignment and auto repair or other routine vehilce repairs in Baton Rouge, LA and surrounding areas -- there’s one near you.
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