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Even if you do not choose to visit our facility, below are some questions you can ask yourself and the facility of your choice to better understand the alignment process and become a more informed vehicle owner.

Q: How important are wheel alignments?

A: Think of it this way, research indicated 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.

Q: What are "symptoms" of a vehicle with incorrect alignment?

A: Have your vehicle checked if you notice: 

  • Excessive or uneven tire wear
  • The vehicle pulls to the left or right
  • Feeling of looseness or wandering
  • Steering wheel vibration or shimmy (not to be confused with tires being out of balance)
  • Steering wheel is not centered when the vehicle is moving straight ahead

Q: How often should I have my vehicle aligned?

A: Follow the vehicle's 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. Most manufacturers of vehicles and tires recommend to have your vehicle aligned each time you purchase a new set of tires.

Recommended questions from the Car Care Council:

  • Is this a four-wheel alignment?
  • How did the improper settings relate to the symptoms my car exhibited...poor tire wear, wandering, etc.?
  • Are there other problems related to alignment such as worn or broken steering and suspension parts?
  • Has my car been road-tested to ensure that it performs properly and that my complaint has been corrected?

Always be sure to tell a shop why you are looking for a wheel alignment.

The aligner computer uses this information to calculate your car's current alignment measurements and then compares these measurements to the car manufacturer's [OE] alignment specification.

If it determines that your car's wheel alignment is outside factory specifications, the aligner provides the technician with the exact information needed to make decisions on the proper adjustments and return the alignment angles to the manufacturer's specifications.

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