Wheel alignment is unique to each vehicle model. Manufacturers specify each of the numerous parameters, taking into account the steering and suspension systems, engine, and original tires.
Even though today’s vehicles are better designed and more resistant to impact than in the past, hitting a pothole or curb, or frequently driving over speed bumps can cause the wheels to become misaligned.
Poor alignment affects the car’s performance, causing the steering wheel to vibrate or the car pull to one side, forcing the driver to constantly correct course in order to keep moving in a straight line.
Over time, poor wheel alignment can damage other parts and, in particular, can cause your tires to wear unevenly and faster than usual. That’s why it’s important to get your wheel alignment checked by a certified NAPA AUTOPRO technician, who will be able to correctly align the front and rear axles.
Tip: If you can’t avoid a pothole, brake right away to slow the vehicle down, and then release the brake pedal before the vehicle hits the hole.
It’s no surprise that your vehicle will drive better in the area if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That’s called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other.
Something that you won’t notice right away, but you will if you keep driving around when you’re out of alignment, is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly.. That’s because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight. The outside of the tire just wears out fast because you’re constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a long road trip from the area – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road.
Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into a pothole in , smacking a curb in or something like a rock in . And it doesn’t have to be a big shock, it can just be the regular bumps and bangs of daily driving that add up and eventually take your vehicle out of alignment. That’s why your owner’s manual or service advisor at HARRY’S ABBOTSFORD AUTO PRO LTD may suggest having your alignment checked periodically.
With an alignment service at HARRY’S ABBOTSFORD AUTO PRO LTD, we measure each wheel’s alignment and to see where they are relative to factory specifications. While we have the vehicle on the alignment rack, we inspect the tires for wear as well as the suspension and steering components for damage or wear – things that can contribute to alignment problems. With some vehicles you can adjust all four wheels so we bring all wheels into alignment. On those vehicles where you can only adjust the front wheels, we bring the front into alignment relative to the rear.
Cost varies by whether or not it’s two or four wheel adjustable. Four-wheel drive vehicles may have an additional charge because they’re more difficult to align. At any rate, it’s cheaper than having to replace tires every few months.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your wheels aligned, bring your vehicle to HARRY’S ABBOTSFORD AUTO PRO LTD for an alignment check.