Does My Car Need An Alignment?
Tires, wheels, suspension, and brakes are very important to ensure a comfortable and safe drive. Recently, we have talked about tire condition and their maintenance and usually, an alignment goes hand in hand with new tires. Now let’s see what that’s all about! If you are wondering about your car and when to perform an alignment service, you are in the right place!
First things first, an alignment refers to the angle that your tires are sitting on the road. It’s important that tires are straight and centered in the wheel wells, but through thousands of miles of driving, the setup of your tires can change and even the slightest difference in angle can affect the driving performance of your car. With an alignment service, we are fine-tuning these measurements to bring the car back to the original recommended condition. This helps to get the best gas mileage, proper road contact, a smooth ride, and the longest tire life.
Future Auto Service Recommends an Alignment:
- When you get new tires
- When your suspension or part of it is replaced
- When you lower or lift your vehicle
- When you had an impact to a curb, road, or debris
- When you notice uneven tire wear, steering pull, or an off-center steering wheel
After mounting some new tires, upgrading your suspension, or hitting a curb, it makes sense to check in on the way everything is aligned. Your previous tires might have worn off unevenly, so to avoid the same thing from happening again, an alignment puts you on the safe side to get the most miles out of them.
Uncovering One Common Misconception About Misalignment:
Have you ever drove on a straight road but noticed that your car was pulling to the side even though the steering wheel was straight? Often, that phenomenon is related to a misalignment, but it can actually have many underlying causes that sometimes require simple or sophisticated solutions.
First, the road condition matters. No road is perfectly even. While you, as a driver, might perceive a steering pull on a straight street, a slight inclination to either side due to traffic and geographic change over time can cause one side of the car to ride slightly higher than the other.
Further, besides misalignment, many other parts affect the driving performance of your car. For example, a worn suspension part, ball joint, bushing, or control arm. But before coming to any conclusions, it’s always a good idea to have a specialist take a look at your car. We at Future Auto Service have a team of ASE-certified technicians who can meet all of your service needs. In addition, our state-of-the-art facility features only the latest tools and machinery to make your alignment service perfect! If you are located in the greater Los Angeles area, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Our great prices and customer service have satisfied hundreds of clients so far! Learn more here.