Get Your Wheels Aligned

8 September 2015
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When you get new tires on your car, the service technician does more than just put the tires on them. There are several things that have to do be done in order to make sure that the wheels are on right and that your car will perform at peak efficiency. One of them is aligning the wheels. But what does getting your wheels aligned really do?

When the service tech is adjusting the tires alignment, they are working with your car's suspension system. That suspension system links your car's wheels with the rest of the car. It helps your car stick with the road and give you a good ride. While two cars may have the exact same kind of suspension, each of those suspension systems is going to be subtly different on each car. The state of the suspension on your car depends on how much wear your car has, the brakes, any body damage, and a few other things. The service tech is going to adjust the angles of the tires and wheels so that they make the best connection to the road with your suspension system. 

Reasons to Get Tires Aligned

There are several reasons for you to get your tires aligned, whether you are getting new tires or not. One is that it will save you money. You can save wear and tear on your tires if they are in alignment with your suspension. They will wear where they are supposed to, meaning on the tread and not on the sides of the tire. Not only does this save you money, it's also a safety feature. Your tires are designed to ride on the tread, you get the most grip that way, and it will help you stop in case of accident. 

Signs That Your Tires Need to Be Aligned

Your tires get aligned any time you get new tires, as part of the installation service. However, if you have had those tires awhile, you may notice that you need to have them aligned again. There are several signs that you need to have this done. One is that your steering wheel is vibrating. There is always some small vibration in your steering wheel, but it will get worse and worse as your tires get out of alignment. Another sign is that your car starts pulling to one side or the other. There is one way to check this. If you are driving on a straight road, you can check by only placing your hands lightly on the wheel. If the car starts to veer off to the side, then you should have your tiles checked. Do not do this when you are driving very fast, in bad conditions, or in heavy traffic. Do not take your hands completely off the wheel. You should stay in control of the car at all times. 

Getting your tires aligned may seem like such a small thing to do, but it really does a lot of good things for you and your car. For more information, talk to a professional like Alaska Chevron Service.