Why Wheel Alignment is Necessary for Your Car

Wheel alignment is an important part of your regular car maintenance. If your car wheels are out of alignment, this can cause wear and tear on your tires. If your tires are unevenly worn, they will need to be replaced much faster. Bad roads, bumps and potholes are the leading culprits that cause wheels to go out of alignment. At the auto shop, techs will use computer technology to analyze the tires’ alignment and to generate correct alignment specifications.


How often should you get wheel alignment?

Tire professionals recommend getting your wheel aligned every 6,000 miles or so. A good way to do this is to schedule a wheel alignment with every other oil change. Bad roads with bumps and potholes cause the tires to go out of alignment. You can tell that your car’s wheels need to be aligned if it pulls to the left or right, if you see signs of rapid or uneven tire wear, and if you can hear the tires squealing when you drive, especially on turns. It’s not always possible to tell by looking if the tires need alignment. If you see and hear the telltale signs but the auto techs don’t find any problems, it may help to empty out the junk in your trunk, and to keep your tires properly inflated.


Why wheel alignment is necessary

If your car’s wheels are out of alignment, the wear and tear on the tires increases rapidly. This affects the overall drivability of the vehicle and may harm the suspension and the steering. It can also increase fuel consumption with results that will be visible at the pump. Regular wheel alignment can save wear and tear on your tires, and save you the cost and trouble of replacing them frequently.


How it works

At the auto shop, the mechanics adjust the wheels to make sure that they are angled correctly perpendicular to the ground and  parallel to each other. They evaluate the steering and suspension components and generate alignment specifications through computer analysis. The computer-generated measurements restore the tires’ alignment to their original factory specifications. Features like advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure monitoring, and cruise and traction control will need to be reset electronically after wheel alignment in order to function properly.


Wheel alignment is a regular maintenance task necessary to prevent excess wear and tear on your tires and to prevent damage to the steering and suspension. Wheel alignment can be done at your trusted local mechanic or at the Nissan Frontier service center at Anaheim.

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