A wheel alignment's purpose is for all four wheels to be lined up and pointed in the same direction. Sometimes one or more goes out of alignment and is pulling against the rest of the team.
Signs you need an alignment:
- Uneven or rapid tire wear
- Steering wheel is not centered
- Pulling right or left
- Vibration with speed
There are two primary reasons to keep tires in alignment:
- Safety. When your wheels are out of alignment, they can pull to one side. A moment of inattention could put you into on-coming traffic or off the road.
- Longer lifespan. A bad alignment will chew up your tires very quickly. In addition to excessive tire wear, this also hurts fuel economy.
Part of the alignment service at Eureka Brake & Automotive is an inspection of the steering and suspension components. Whatever caused the wheels to be knocked out of alignment in the first place may have also damaged important parts. So we want to be sure to replace broken or bent parts as needed. The process corrects alignment of each wheel along three axes: toe, camber and caster, as well as front to rear alignment.
Your vehicle owner's manual may have a recommendation for how often alignment should be checked. If not, ask your friendly and knowledgeable Eureka Brake & Automotive advisor.
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Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant