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No matter what kind of car you drive—sedan, SUV, van, truck—it’s essential to make sure your vehicle is aligned correctly. Even if your car doesn’t have four-wheel drive capabilities, it’s a good rule of thumb to have the rear axle checked when you have the front axle aligned.
Short answer: yes.
Long answer: Your car’s alignment affects the three S’s: steering, suspension, and safety. Keeping your wheels aligned keeps you driving without veering to the left or right. On top of that, proper tire alignment also gives you better gas mileage and extends the lifetime of your tires.
Knowing when your alignment is off is tricky if it isn’t blatantly obvious. Unlike other issues with your car, a warning light doesn’t come on when the alignment needs to be checked. A significant indicator that the alignment is off would be your car excessively drifting to the right or left. Additionally, you will begin to notice uneven tread wear if left too long.
The best thing you can do for your vehicle is taking it in at least once a year to have the alignment checked. You can even have the alignment checked every time you bring in your car for regular servicing. At Adrena Garage in the town of Hamilton, we are more than happy to take a look and let you know the status of your alignment.
The tops of your tires are tilted away from the vehicle, causing premature wear on one side of the tires.
The tops of your tires are tilted towards the vehicle, causing premature wear on one side of the tires.
Your caster is rotated too far in. When properly aligned, steering casters are manufactured to stay at some degree of positive. However, when the caster goes too far to the positive (the caster tilts towards the car too much), it can result in heavy steering.
Your caster is rotated too far out. A caster in negative is turned away from the steering wheel and makes it difficult for your car to stay in a straight line. Negative casters also result in lighter steering and wandering vehicles.
Your tire toes are pointed inward. Toe misalignments are the most significant contributor to tire wear.
Your tire toes are pointed outward. Toe misalignments are the most significant contributor to tire wear.
At Adrena Garage, we have the most cutting-edge alignment machine and seasoned experts to efficiently diagnose and correct your four-wheel alignment. Taking care of your alignment is every bit as essential as routinely changing your oil and rotating your tires.
A properly aligned car drives better and saves you money in the long run, so come on over and be sure to avoid any potholes on your way.
We’re ready to get your vehicle running at peak performance. Call Adrena Garage today to book your appointment (647) 990-1333.