Importance of Alignments

Misaligned tires can wreak havoc on your vehicle.

Maintaining good alignment is one of the most important factors in getting the most wear and performance out of your tires. A wheel alignment ensures the wheels of the car are perpendicular to the road as well as parallel to one other. Adjusting these wheel angles will bring your vehicle back into proper alignment.

How does poor alignment happen? Many factors impact your vehicle's alignment. If you’ve been in a major or minor collision that results in physical damage to your vehicle's frame you will need to have your wheels aligned. Problems can arise easily from something as small as driving over a pothole, or grazing over a curb.

Two things can occur when your car is out of alignment. Driving becomes more dangerous and more expensive.

Fuel economy.

When your vehicle’s wheels are not aligned, it causes uneven tire pressure. This leads to uneven friction and more resistance from the road. Your car has to work harder to move forward therefore causing an increased usage of fuel.

Extra expenses.

Misaligned wheels can lead to an abundance of other problems for your vehicle such as the cost of new tires. The uneven pressure from poor alignment wears the tires of your vehicle down faster resulting in the need for new tires which can be a costly expense. Additional problems can include strain on your brake shaft, problems in the steering system, uneven braking and the suspension of your car.

Safety.

Have you ever felt your car pull to one side while driving? That’s a sign your alignment is off and puts you at risk of driving off the road. Excessive tire wear is another result of bad car alignment. This can lead to tire blow-outs and poor traction, which also causes accidents.

When should you have an alignment? Don’t wait until you feel your vehicle pulling. Alignments are recommended as a rule of thumb every 6,000 miles or six months, whichever is earlier.

There’s no better time than right now to get that alignment you’ve been needing!Mike’s Tire and Automotive is currently offering a standard 4-wheel alignment for $59.95, regularly a $75 value. This offer is good through December 31, 2014!

Call 804.642.2980 to schedule an alignment today. Be sure to mention SHOP LOCAL to get this limited time offer!