Sometimes, you can just tell when your alignment isn’t quite right – Maybe your car pulls to one side of the road, your steering wheel isn’t in the starting position, or your tires squeal as you turn. Other times, your alignment issue is so slight you can’t tell it isn’t right.
Whether or not you’ve felt any symptoms yet, when your wheels are out of alignment, it can really do some damage to your tires. Because when your alignment is off, your tires not only wear unevenly, but age prematurely as well.
So how can you tell when it’s time to get your alignment adjusted?
- First, you should take a look at your tires. If you notice uneven wear and tear, especially on the outside of some tires, that’s a good indicator.
- Then, you should focus on how your car handles. If you notice your car seems to drift off to one side, even when you think you’re steering straight, then that’s clue number two.
- Next, you should pay attention to your steering wheel. If you notice your steering wheel isn’t centered, yet you’re driving straight, then there’s sign number three.
- Last, you should never ignore any unusual sounds, smells or sensations. If you notice vibrations coming through your steering wheel or seat, then your alignment just might need an adjustment.
Even if you haven’t noticed any of the indicators above, we recommend having your alignment adjusted every 12 months or 12,000 miles. Your car may have different service specifications though, so be sure to check the owner’s manual for recommended service intervals.
So, if your tires aren’t pointing straight, protect your wheels. Book an appointment and bring your car into your neighborhood City Garage. Our ASE Certified Experts will get everything straightened out and get your car going in the right direction again.