Is your Car due for a Wheel Alignment?

October 24th, 2014 by

Poor wheel alignment affects fuel efficiency and tire wear.

Cars need a wheel realignment due to everyday driving. The wheels can sit at improper angles due to driving on rough roads, bumping into a curb, or as a result of a small accident. Wheel alignments are also typically done when new tires are put on a vehicle, but how can you tell if your car needs a wheel alignment?

Wheel alignment

Wheel alignments are needed as a result of everyday driving.

Knowing whether or not your car is due for a wheel alignment can be determined by a few factors, according to HowStuffWorks:

  • Car drifts to one side, even when driving straight
  • Vibrating steering wheel
  • Driving straight, but the steering wheel is not centered
  • When looking at the tires, there is wear on the outside of the tire

There are different types of alignment ranging from four-wheel alignment to front-end alignment. HowStuffWorks explains which alignment your car will need:
“The type of alignment you receive will depend on your car’s suspension. A four-wheel alignment is reserved for all-wheel drive vehicles or front-wheel drive vehicles with independent or adjustable rear suspensions. If you don’t have a four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle, your car will likely only require a front-end alignment.”

Proper Wheel Alignment improves Safety

According to Cars Direct, the driver’s safety is greatly improved when the tires are properly aligned.
“In regards to safety, an aligned tire will not make your vehicle pull to the right or left,” the article says. “Moreover, your vehicle will also drive more smoothly when properly aligned. Inclimate weather driving will also be significantly improved by allowing the tires to gain maximum traction on slippery surfaces like rain, sleet or snow.”
Fisher Service is conveniently located in Boulder, Colo., and is ready to assist with your vehicle’s wheel alignment. We service all makes and models. Visit our appointment center to schedule an appointment online or call us at 303-245-6414. Check out our service specials for a great deal on your service.