Wheel Alignments: Why It’s Important

Wheel Alignment

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Tires are expensive, so why would you want to go through set after set of tires only to drain your wallet more? That’s right, you don’t. What you can do to prevent having to replace your tires due to wear and tear so often is aligning your wheels every 12,000 miles, or once a year. If you have noticed that your vehicle either pulls to either direction of the road and or your steering wheel shakes while driving, it’s probably due to unaligned wheels.

Tire Balancing

Wear and Tear

Driving regularly with unaligned wheels will not only wear down your treads, but after long use of your vehicles tires while unaligned you will start to notice that your tires appear rough, or slightly torn. The last thing you want while on a road trip or business trip is for your vehicle to have a blow out and you end up late to an appointment. Our employees at Asher Auto can guarantee you an even alignment of all four wheels to keep you on the road longer without any issues regarding your tires. Another cause of vibrations and bumps in your ride is due to the tires being off balance. We at Asher Automotive check tire balance with a wheel balancing machine that senses anywhere down to a one-quarter ounce difference in weight on your wheels. The reason to worry about such a small amount of weight is because the tires and wheels of your car are traveling at high speeds around the axle, hundreds of times a minute. This amount of momentum can cause serious vibrations of your car, now multiply that by 4 wheels and you will have a very unpleasant experience. Tires being off balance will sometimes even cause a blowout due to heat gathered from the wear, along with your tire health, the bearings also start to deteriorate with imbalance. To extend the life of your tires, you can also rotate them, even though this task is very simple to complete, it can be one of the most important. If done correctly, it will extend the life of your tires greatly, improve your fuel economy, and ensures your car will handle in an appropriate manner when you need to make a sudden turn or stop. Tire rotation is recommended to be completed from every 3,000 to 7,000 miles. A good estimate for rotating your tires is having them rotated after every other oil change or so to keep them wearing evenly. To provide quick and easy service, Asher Auto can determine if your vehicle is due for tire balance and or rotation to get you in and out, saving you precious time.

Alignment and Angles

 

In most cases, your vehicle will leave the factory with perfectly aligned wheels. Over time this will start to change with wear on your tires. Bringing your vehicle into Asher Auto every 12,000 miles to be inspected by our trained employees is a great choice on your part. Failure to re-align your wheels after long use can lead to your camber and toe specifications to drift outside your manufacturers limit, thus leading to your vehicle “pulling” to either side of the road. Bringing your vehicle in for alignment to Asher Automotive gets you serviced with an inspection and wheel alignment, which increases the life of other parts of your vehicle such as braking equipment and tires. Factors being affected by offset wheel alignment can be anywhere from your brakes, ride quality, and fuel economy. Fuel economy can also be improved by keeping your tires inflation in check. When making turns, if you can hear your brakes squeal, it can very much be due to unaligned tires. Angles being adjusted on your vehicle start with the Primary angles. The primary angles are the basic alignment of the wheels in relativity to each other and the body of the car. Parts being adjusted with these angles include the camber, caster and toe. On some specific vehicles these angles may not be able to be adjusted on every wheel. All three of these can be categorized into front and rear; there is no caster on the rear because the rear wheels do not turn. The secondary angles include various other adjustments such as Steering Axis Inclination on the left and right wheels, along with this is the wheelbase difference. All sorts of other adjustments such as front and rear ride height are adjusted as well in match to your vehicles factory specifications to provide you a smooth ride. If your vehicle has been in either a collision or if your left and right casters are offset, car handling is not affected. This is not a problem because when your car is turning, one wheel is usually several centimeters in front of the other therefore the setback is not a problem.

Process in Detail

The process of aligning your wheels is quite simple and easy, most average cars brought into Asher Auto will be done with the process within the hour. Times may vary due to the vehicle being a performance car, or if parts are damaged. When aligning tires, we place a camera unit with a special clamp to each wheel of your vehicle. These cameras communicate their positioning to a computer which will then calculate appropriate angles for your vehicles wheel position.
Safety and Weather Conditions
Driving without aligned tires is not only detrimental for tire health, but also for your safety. Traveling in unsatisfactory road conditions such as rain, mud, or snow can be even more dangerous with unaligned tires. Stopping your vehicle could be difficult due to worn down treads, adding in bad weather to this equation could cause you or others to get seriously hurt, which is why we at Asher Auto want to keep you safe, and in an reliable vehicle.
So why not keep yourself and others safe on the roads at any given moment, whether you are driving in hail, sleet, or snow, Asher Auto is definitely your go-to automotive service to keep you safe, and on the road to wherever you need to go!

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10 Responses to Wheel Alignments: Why It’s Important

  1. Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    Thanks for the info about wheel alignment. You’re right, the last thing I want is a blowout on the freeway, or when I’m in a hurry. I can’t remember the last time I had my tires rotated, so I need to get that done!

  2. Dave Anderson says:

    I have always wondered how a wheel alignment could make a difference on the way you car drives. Now I know that alignments are not only so that the car drives better but also so that you save the lives of your tires. Because of that, it would definitely be worth it to make sure that you align your tires as often as needed.

  3. justin says:

    I just noticed my front alignment must be off because my tires are wearing funny. I’m really dreading taking it to get it looked at.

  4. Paul Langley says:

    This is some really great information for any car owner. I had never thought about alignments as a sort of investment, in that it can save you over time by saving your tires. I also appreciated that you explained the process, because I’ve been looking for some better explanations. Thanks so much for writing!

  5. I agree, aligning the tires on your car can help to save a lot of money down the road. You’re right, it seems like a good way to keep your tires in good working condition, since replacing tires is really expensive. It’s good to know to align tires ever 12,000 miles. I’ll also be sure to have them aligned anytime I notice that the steering on my car seems a little shaky.

  6. Eric Blaise says:

    Here is a story related to ignoring wheel alignments, not having your wheel alignment done can put a strain on suspension components, that is, upper and lower ball joints, tie-rod ends, steering rack,.. etc. I learned that lesson the hard way; one very obvious sign that your wheels are unaligned would be the steering wheel. Sometimes you might not notice your vehicle pulling to one side or the other, but if your vehicle is travelling strain and there is too much play in your steering wheel, or if it is crocked, that is a sure sign that the steering that your alignment needs to be adjusted. I ignored the signs and had my driver side lower ball joint fail while travelling on the freeway. Of course, there where other signs, but it failed prematurely because it was under strain. Luckily, the damage was not to bad and I had the car back on the road with everything back in order.

    Eric

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