Atlanta Car Dealer Explains Why Proper Wheel Alignment Is Important

One of the more irritating maintenance issues for most of us is maintaining proper wheel alignment. Wheel alignment is the position of the wheels relative to your car. When properly aligned, the wheels point in the right direction. Without proper alignment, the wheels resist your steering commands, as well as each other. Alignment also affects gas mileage and tire wear. If your tires are pointed in different directions, they fight against each other and can cause tread wear.   Computerized alignment equipment is used to measure all alignment angles on today’s cars.

So how does your alignment go out? Generally it’s a gradual process. It happens by hitting pot holes, curbs, etc. It happens to everyone and it’s very common. If you don’t get it fixed it could cause some major problems to you and your car.

Here’s just a point to note however, before you take your new or used car in for service you should check your tires. Over inflation or under inflation could result in a slight pull.

Now keep your eyes pealed for these issues.

Rapid Tire Wear: Tires can be very expensive to replace. After you’ve encountered a pothole or curb you should check your tires and check for any damage. If you want your tires to have a long life span you should get your alignment fixed and your tires rotated and balanced regularly.

Steering Issues: If your alignment is out you’re going to have some steering issues. You don’t want to be traveling down the highway running 60 mph, take your hand off the wheel for just a second and fly into a barrier or another car. Better to have your alignment fixed as soon as you can, so that it’s not a danger to you or your passengers. It’s exhausting to constantly apply pressure to the steering wheel to keep the car traveling in a straight line. Trust me I know… And you probably know to.

Having you alignment readjusted isn’t a major cost. In fact, the next time you are at Southtowne Motors having your oil changed, why not have us check your alignment too?

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