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How to Tell If Your Car Needs a Wheel Alignment

Many people don’t realize the importance of proper wheel alignment. Like your oil changes and tire rotations, wheel alignments are just as necessary. When you drive with poor alignment, you can be met with a ton of potential road hazards. Read on to learn more about what a wheel alignment service is.

A wheel alignment involves adjusting the suspension and wheels so that it meets the road properly and leads your vehicle in the right path. Most mechanics and automakers recommend having a wheel alignment as often as every 1-2 years. More importantly, it should always be done with every tire replacement.

What Causes Wheel Misalignment?

As you can probably guess, normal wear and tear can slowly change the alignment of your wheels. However, obstructions with large potholes, curbs, and other objects can accelerate wear and tear. That is why it is important to have your alignment checked. When your wheels are knocked out of alignment, it may exemplify the following warning signs:

  • Uneven tire treads
  • Vehicle vibrations, usually through the steering wheel
  • Squealing tires
  • Off-centered steering wheel 
  • Car veering left or right when attempting to drive straight

We urge you not to put off poor wheel alignment as it can affect your brakes, steering components, and suspension parts. Furthermore, it can force you to replace your tires sooner than you think.

If you want to avoid this costly mistake, please call or visit Crompton’s Auto Care for a proper wheel alignment. We take online appointments as well!

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