Wheel Alignment

March 22, 2017

Noticing Poor Alignment from the Tires

  One thing to be aware of for your vehicle is the alignment of the tires. If you hit a large pothole or bump in the road, it can cause the wheels to go out of balance. If this happens, careful calibration will be needed in order to make sure the vehicle is aligned properly. Having a vehicle that is not aligned can also cause problems with the steering. Anything that is out of the norm should be taken care of as soon as possible to help prevent further issues from forming. We can inspect the alignment and steering of the vehicle so it works efficiently and at top performance when you drive.     An alignment on most vehicles involves only the front end of the vehicle. However, it is possible to also have rear wheel adjustments. This would be referred to as a four-wheel alignment rather than the usual front-end alignment. Most often, the only adjustment that will be made is to the toe setting. It is possible for caster and camber adjustments to be made. However, this is usually a more difficult service to perform and is less likely to be needed. With modern diagnostic equipment, it is possible to get very precise measurements for a front-end alignment. A front-end alignment will be done routinely every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. Also, if you hit a particularly large pot hole or bumped a curb much harder than normal, an early check would be in order.     It is also important to know the difference between a wheel alignment and balancing the tires. Having the tires balanced is always done when you purchase new tires. A wheel alignment is not always need at the time. Balancing the tires help to reduce vibrations that you might feel. This could also be a sign of poor alignment, so make sure to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of these issues.     If you start to notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the alignment. Another sign could be if you feel like you are fighting with the vehicle in order to keep it on the road. Over time, driving the vehicle that is out of alignment can cause the tires to have uneven wear. This can lead to the tires needing to be replaced sooner than they typically should.
September 25, 2014

Signs of Poor Alignment for your Vehicle

To help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible is to have it maintained on a regular basis. This can help prevent further issues developing in the future when you drive. We can inspect the vehicle for any signs of parts that are becoming damaged with time. One thing to be aware of is the alignment. If you hit a large pothole or bump in the road, it can cause the wheels to go out of balance. If this happens, careful calibration will be needed in order to make sure the vehicle is aligned properly. Having a vehicle that is not aligned can also cause problems with the steering. Anything that is out of the norm should be taken care of as soon as possible to help prevent further issues from forming. We can inspect the alignment and steering of the vehicle so it works efficiently and at top performance when you drive. Knowing what an Alignment is An alignment on most vehicles involves only the front end of the vehicle. However, it is possible to also have rear wheel adjustments. This would be referred to as a four-wheel alignment rather than the usual front-end alignment. Most often, the only adjustment that will be made is to the toe setting. It is possible for caster and camber adjustments to be made. However, this is usually a more difficult service to perform and is less likely to be needed. With modern diagnostic equipment, it is possible to get very precise measurements for a front-end alignment. A front-end alignment will be done routinely every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. But, if you suspect an issue, do not wait for the regularly scheduled maintenance. Likewise if you hit a particularly large pot hole or bumped a curb much harder than normal, an early check would be in order. The Difference Between an Alignment and Balance It is also important to know the difference between a wheel alignment and balancing the tires. Having the tires balanced is always done when you purchase new tires. A wheel alignment is not always need at the time. We can help recommend an alignment check within 3,000 miles of purchasing new tires. Balancing the tires help to reduce vibrations that you might feel. This could also be a sign of poor alignment, so make sure to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of these issues. Signs that the Alignment needs Inspection If you start to notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the alignment. Another sign could be if you feel like you are fighting with the vehicle in order to keep it on the road. Over time, driving the vehicle that is out of alignment can cause the tires to have uneven wear. This can lead to the tires needing to be replaced sooner than they typically should. If you notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help provide a more comfortable and pleasant ride when you drive.
April 28, 2014

Be aware of any Potholes on the Road

Each spring, numerous potholes start to appear on the roads and highways. If you constantly hit a pothole, you can be doing damage to your vehicle. Try to avoid a pothole when you can do so safely. If you have to hit a pothole, make sure to slow down before you reach it. Slowing down as you run over the pothole can only cause damage to the vehicle. By hitting a pothole, you may be doing more damage to the vehicle than you realize. The tires and wheels can visually be checked for any damage they are in. The potholes can also do damage to the steering, suspension, and alignment systems on the vehicle. This can be more difficult to see unless you know what to look for. If you hit a pothole when you are driving, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible to have it inspected. A professional is always the best to make sure the vehicle is still in a good operating condition. Potholes can cause a loss of control with the vehicle By hitting a pothole you run the risk of losing control of the vehicle. The vehicle may also be affected so it sways when making turns. Hitting potholes on a regular basis can also lead to the vehicle excessively bouncing on rough roads. This is because hitting the potholes may cause damage to the steering and suspension systems. It is important to keep these systems in the best condition possible. These can help with the safety of the vehicle. They are also the key systems to keep the vehicle stable and handling as well as possible. If you hit potholes on a regular basis, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it to make sure it is still operating at the most efficient level possible. Notice if the vehicle pulls in one direction or another After hitting a pothole you might notice if the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other. This can be a sign that the tires are not wearing evenly anymore. Sometimes it could also mean there is an issue with the alignment. If this is ignored, it can lead to difficult driving. It also has an increase in safety issues. Making sure the wheels are aligned properly can help to improve the life and longevity of the tires. It can also improve the handling of the vehicle when you drive. Potholes can cause issues with the condition of the tires Always make sure to inspect the tires on a regular basis. By hitting potholes, the tires may start to lose air pressure more quickly. This may be caused by any damaged they have received. There might also be signs of bulges or blisters in the sidewalls of the tires. If you are unsure about the condition of the tires, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help to improve the safety of the vehicle, as well as the overall comfort when you drive. Even if no damage has been done, it is important to have the vehicle inspected.
March 24, 2014

Car Care Tips Everyone Should Know

Since owning a vehicle is one of the largest investments you will make, it is important to know how to care and maintain it. The parts and components of the vehicle work together in order to have it run efficiently and effectively. One of the most important things you can do is to go to scheduled maintenances. This can help keep the parts working as well as possible. If a part has worn out, we can replace it to help get the vehicle back to an efficient condition. It is also important to have the tires inspected regularly. By maintaining the vehicle correctly, you can help to have a nice and enjoyable ride. What to check on the Tires When you inspect the tires, the first thing to check is the air pressure. This is important because a tire that is under inflated or over inflated can lead to issues when driving. Under inflated tires could lead to a blowout unexpectedly. It can also cause the vehicle to have poor fuel efficiency when you drive. Tires that are over inflated will have less contact with the surface of the road. This could lead to poor handling when you drive. The tread of the tires should also be checked on all the tires. A good amount of tread is important because this is what helps to grip the road, and provide you with better handling of the vehicle. If you are unsure if the tread has the right amount, just use a penny. Place it head down in the tread of the tire. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, there is not enough tread to drive safely. This could cause the vehicle to slip and slide if it is driven on wet roads. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tread on the tires for you. Change the Oil when it is recommended Another important task to have done is an oil change. It is critical to have the oil changed when it is recommended. The old and dirty oil can be removed from the vehicle. This can help prevent dirt and grime from traveling through the engine. The new clean oil will be able to lubricate the engine and other moving parts efficiently. It is also important to have the oil filter checked. If it has become old and clogged with dirt and contaminants, it should be replaced when an oil change is done. We can also inspect the oil filter and recommend when a new one would be needed. Make sure to go to Regularly Scheduled Maintenances  To help prevent a large and costly repair bill, make sure to go to regular maintenances. This should be done based on the recommendations of the manufacturer. If you are unsure how often parts should be inspected, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can help to set up a schedule. This can help the parts to work effectively with one another. If a part has worn out, it could result in damage to other nearby parts. Proper maintenance can also help with the safety and reliability of the vehicle.
February 17, 2014

Tips For Keeping The Tires in the Best Shape Possible

In order for the vehicle to operate as efficiently as possible, it needs a great set of tires. This can also help the safety and overall performance of the vehicle. It is also recommended that your vehicle have a tire rotation done for it based on a scheduled interval. This can help to prevent any excessive wear on specific areas of the tires. It is also important to keep the tires at the recommended air pressure. This can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Regular inspections of the tires can also help to identify any damage, wear, or other issues. Catching an issue early on can help prevent a costly repair bill. It can also help to prevent the issue from turning into something much worse. A wheel alignment is also an important maintenance task for your vehicle. This should be done based on a recommended interval of the vehicle. Bring your vehicle in and we can help set up a schedule based on the vehicle and tires. Inspect the Tires on a Regular Basis Part of inspecting the tires includes checking the tread on each tire. This should be done regularly. The tread is important because it is what helps to grip and handle the road properly when you drive. If the tread is worn down, it can become unsafe to drive. It may also lead to an accident because there is a loss of control with the vehicle. If you notice the tread is low, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can inspect it for you. We can also help to advise you on the choices you have so the vehicle can get back to working efficiently again. While inspecting the tread, also make sure to check the condition of the tries themselves. Any damage or excessive wear should be noticed as soon as possible. This is a hazard because it could lead to a blowout or other serious safety issue. Have a Wheel Alignment done when recommended Having a wheel alignment done can help to extend the life and safety of the tires of your vehicle. This maintenance can do more than just line up the wheels of the vehicle. It can also help line up other components of the vehicle to ensure proper operation and performance. If a wheel alignment is ignored, it could lead to excessive wear on parts and components. It can also cause the tires to wear out long before they should. Rotate the Tires based on a Schedule Another important maintenance to have done on the tires is to have them rotated on a regular basis. This can help for safe and secure performance for your vehicle. It can also help the handling of it as well. If the wheels are not properly rotated, some spots may start be worn quicker. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. We can also help to set up a schedule to have them rotated.