Proper wheel alignment is one of the essential criteria for safe driving and a long tire lifespan. Unfortunately, oil changes are remembered while the wheel alignment is often overlooked. Drivers may decide to ignore the critical symptoms of poor wheel alignment, often unaware that it's a quick and easy fix. Misaligned wheels can be potentially dangerous because it causes your vehicle to hydroplane. Your tires can lose traction with the road causing you to lose control of your car. It's vital that you have your vehicle inspected the moment you notice a decrease in performance. Below are three common signs your vehicle is in dire need of a wheel alignment.
Your vehicle pulls to one side.If you're wondering if your vehicle has alignment issues, try driving on a straight level road. If you take your hands off of the steering wheel, your vehicle may not go completely straight, but it should remain primarily straight without much manipulation. If you temporarily remove your hands, and your car immediately drifts to one side, it's time for an alignment.
There is abnormal tire wear.
Checking tire pressure is essential for responsible driving. However, the tire tread is just as important. How your tires wear can provide useful information on the health of your vehicle. A professional mechanic can often determine based on the tires if there is a problem with alignment or balance. Tires that wear evenly have a longer lifespan and are less prone to blowouts.
The steering wheel is crooked.
If the road is flat and level, the steering wheel should be centered and straight. There may be a small amount of discrepancy depending on the road's crown, but nothing too noticeable. To check that the steering wheel is straight, look at the logo emblem in the center. If the emblem is not centered on you, it's time for an alignment.
Wheel alignment service in Texas
If you notice any of the above signs, reach out to one of our 14 locations before the symptoms get progressively worse. In the beginning, the signs may be subtle; however, if left ignored can make the routine drive hazardous. Areas in Arlington can have sporadic rain, and to minimize risk, have the alignment adjusted as soon as possible. Qualified repairs at all City Garage locations come with an option of 36 months or a 36,000-mile warranty – whichever comes first. We give you peace of mind that your vehicle will be fixed correctly the first time around. If you run into any issues, our experts are here to help.
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