If your wheels are out of alignment, they’re wearing out your tires much more quickly than usual and reduce your your fuel economy. Your car will not handle as well, either.
Your wheels could be costing you money and putting you and your family at additional risk. Most manufacturers recommend every 16,000 km. That’s at least once a year for most of us. When was the last time you had your alignment checked?
What Causes Wheel Alignment to Change
Wheel alignment is always changing. Even under the best circumstances, driving on good surfaces and never hitting curbs or potholes, your wheels will slowly change their alignment.
Here in Canada, we’re already guaranteed to not be driving in the best of circumstances. Our winters driving on snowy and icy roads are havoc on your wheel alignment.
Turn too sharp and hit a curb or run over a pothole and you could instantly change your alignment significantly enough to damage your tires going forward.
Time will get you, too. Gradually the joints and bushings in your suspension wear, making it more difficult for them to hold alignment.
How Do You Know Your Wheels Are Out Of Alignment
You should check your wheel alignment every year or two, just to be safe, but here are some indicators you should have your alignment checked:
- Uneven tire wear
- When driving, feeling of looseness or wandering
- Steering wheel vibration or shimmy.
- Vehicle pulls to the left or right while driving straight
- You need to hold on to the steering wheel to drive straight
- You need to keep the steering wheel un-level to drive straight
- After changing or replacing tires
- After any change of suspension or steering parts
- After any significant impact, whether curb or other vehicle
How To Fix Wheels That Are Out of Alignment
Your body falls out of alignment, you go to a chiropractor to feel better. Well, your car needs an adjustment every now and then, too. At Ride Time, we’re like a chiropractor… for your car.
And we just built a brand new facility, with a huge service bay. We spared no expense, either, and sprung for the best tire alignment system money can buy. The HawkEye Elite Wheel Alignment System is amazing. It’s the most accurate way to check your wheel alignment, by far. It’s also the fastest.
For less than the price of a single tire, you can get your wheels aligned. If that sounds like a great idea to you, you’re paying attention.
Bring your car, truck or SUV to your local service center and get your alignment checked already! If you’re in Winnipeg, come see us! We’ve got a huge new service center with plenty of room and a wheel alignment system with lasers. That’s right right. Lasers. Your wheels will be straighter than ever.