What is a Wheel Alignment?

Adding new tires to your vehicle usually includes an alignment. It’s a good rule of thumb to include an alignment check during the annual routine maintenance of your vehicle. If you’ve recently gone through some rough road and notice a change in your car’s handling, you may need to have it realigned.

Sometimes, people automatically correct the steering wheel when the wheels are out of alignment. Misaligned wheels can have a major impact on your vehicle’s performance. For one thing, it causes your car to work harder to turn the wheels, so that creates more fuel consumption. Secondly, if you have to work to keep the vehicle straight on the road, that means that it isn’t in as good of control as it should be. The third consideration is the tires themselves. Misalignment causes excess and uneven wear, which results in more frequent replacement.

Regular potholes and road imperfections can cause your car to need realignment. If you notice steering wheel shimmy or pulling, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle to our service center at O’Meara Ford and have one of our staff take a look at it.

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