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What is Wheel Alignment And How Do You Know If Your Car Needs It

What is Wheel Alignment And How Do You Know If Your Car Needs It | Griffin Muffler & Brake Center

Have you ever noticed your car pulling to one side while driving straight or felt vibrations through the steering wheel? These could be signs that your vehicle needs a wheel alignment. But what exactly is wheel alignment, and how can you tell if your car needs it?

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment, also known as tire alignment, refers to adjusting the wheels' angles to ensure they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Proper alignment is crucial for maintaining optimal vehicle handling, tire wear, and overall safety on the road.

Signs Your Car Needs Wheel Alignment

  • Uneven Tire Wear: Excessive wear on the inside or outside edges of the tires can indicate misalignment.
  • Vehicle Pulling: If your car veers to one side without input from the steering wheel, it may be due to misaligned wheels.
  • Steering Wheel Vibration: Vibrations felt through the steering wheel, especially at higher speeds, can signal alignment issues.
  • Crooked Steering Wheel: An off-center steering wheel when driving straight suggests alignment problems.

Causes of Misalignment

Several factors can contribute to wheel misalignment, including:

  • Hitting Potholes or Curbs: Impact from road hazards can knock the wheels out of alignment.
  • Worn Suspension Components: Worn-out shocks, struts, or bushings can affect wheel alignment.
  • Improper Tire Inflation: Uneven tire pressure can lead to uneven tire wear and alignment issues.
  • Vehicle Modifications: Alterations to the suspension or steering system can affect wheel alignment.

The Wheel Alignment Process

During wheel alignment service, a qualified technician will use specialized equipment to measure and adjust the wheels' angles according to manufacturer specifications. This typically involves adjusting the camber, caster, and toe angles to ensure proper alignment.

Benefits of Proper Alignment

Maintaining proper wheel alignment offers several benefits, including:

  • Improved Handling: Properly aligned wheels ensure consistent and predictable handling, enhancing the overall driving experience.
  • Extended Tire Life: Proper alignment reduces uneven tire wear, extending the lifespan of your tires and saving you money in the long run.
  • Enhanced Safety: Proper alignment promotes optimal vehicle stability and control, reducing the risk of road accidents or loss of control.

Don't let misaligned wheels compromise your driving experience. Schedule an appointment at Griffin Muffler & Brake Center now and let our expert technicians ensure your vehicle's alignment is spot-on.

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