Motorists in the Davenport area often wonder whether they need an alignment; some aren't completely certain what that even means, or what is involved. As one of the most trusted auto repair shops in the area, we like to explain things in a way our customers understand, so they can make an informed decision. We're highlighting the basics of a tire alignment below, along with symptoms that may indicate you need one.
What exactly is an alignment? Put simply, it's a procedure involving adjustments made to the axles and tires of your car to get its suspension back into correct form. The suspension system actually connects your car with its wheels. A proper alignment means that your wheels are all "in sync" or aligned with each other. This results in your tires making solid contact with the pavement. Your tires will last longer when properly aligned and you will enjoy a smoother, more comfortable ride. When out of alignment, other components of your vehicle can suffer the consequences as well. This is why getting an alignment every so often is important.
When an alignment is performed, your car is raised up and an alignment machine is clamped to your wheels. A computer is connected to the alignment machine that helps our technicians make precision adjustments to key measurements so that your wheels are aligned perfectly. Depending on your vehicle, you may need a front-end, four-wheel, or thrust alignment. Our technicians can recommend which type of alignment is right for your car, truck, or SUV.
Now that you have a better understanding of what an alignment is, how do you know if you need one? There are a few things that indicate your car may be out of alignment. These include:
- Your vehicle may pull to the right or left
- When you drive in a straight line, your steering wheel is off-center
- The tread on your tires is wearing unevenly
- You feel a vibration in the steering wheel
- Noisy steering
- Tread on some tires is wearing quicker than other tires
While the wheel alignment can worsen naturally over time, there are a few things that can cause your vehicle to come out of alignment. Hitting a large pothole, for instance, is almost certain to knock your vehicle out of alignment. Driving too fast over speed bumps is another one, along with hitting a curb at an angle. Roads that are rough and bumpy can cause alignment issues. When possible, drive on smooth roads and slow way down if you must drive through a pothole or over a speed bump.
At Dale's Service Center alignments are just one of our many services. As a trusted Davenport auto repair shop we also provide computer diagnostics, oil changes, tune-ups, inspections, and other services you would expect (transmissions, timing belts, lights, fuel system, AC repair, alternator, electrical, drive train, etc.). If you are experiencing symptoms that make you suspect your wheels are out of alignment, give our team a call today!