THE BRAKE SHOP: WHEEL ALIGNMENT
One of the most often overlooked and ignored issue in auto repair is tire Alignment. Mesa has wonderful roads, but the odd pothole, construction zones, or just the ravages of time and use can start the process of misalignment and uneven tire wear.
We all know tires are expensive, and the price of gasoline is as unstable as the stock market, but what many drivers often forget is that proper Wheel Alignment contributes to both the longevity of your tires and the fuel economy of your vehicle. By making sure that your vehicle alignment is set properly, you can expect that the overall cost of maintenance will be greatly reduced. Not only do you avoid premature tire wear, but the engine runs more smoothly, your steering becomes easier, and every gallon of gasoline takes you a little bit further.
Many people ask us, “How often should I have my wheel alignment corrected?” The answer unfortunately is frustratingly vague, but asking the right questions will yield clear answers. In fact, the proper question is “how do I know when it’s time for vehicle alignment” and we are here to tell you everything you need to know.
- Pulling to one side – The most clear cut signal that its time for an alignment job is when you can physically feel your vehicle pulling to one side. Any amount of undue effort on your part is the classic signal that at least one of your wheels is pointed in the wrong direction and its time to have this problem corrected.
- Uneven Tire Wear – While most drivers often forget to visually inspect their tires from time to time, the profitability of a quick check once in a while can be measured in the hundreds of dollars. If at any point you detect that your tires are wearing unevenly, you be assured that one of two problems is present, either one tire is not at the correct pressure or the time has come to have your alignment corrected.
These are the clearest signs of an issue with your vehicle alignment. Paying close attention to these warning signs will give you a leg up on preparing for the cost of maintenance. We are aware that vehicle maintenance is something we all wish we could ignore, but the investment in a vehicle is something that simply cannot be ignored.
It is our job to make sure that our customer’s vehicles are reliable, and their wallets remain as full as possible. We take both of these as seriously as we do, and invite you to contact us with any questions you may have about your automotive maintenance. We believe that good customer service is the first step to a lasting relationship with you, and invite you contact us by phone, or stop by the shop if you have any questions.