Do I need to check my wheel alignment? | V&F Auto Inc

Do I need to check my wheel alignment?

wheel alignmentA wheel alignment is a normal repair for your vehicle. As you drive, your wheels are in constant contact with the road which can cause them to become misaligned—and create even bigger issues for peripheral systems. Simply running into a curb or a pothole can jumpstart severe misalignment, even if you don’t notice a difference in performance. Here are a few things to watch for:

Drifting or “pulling” to one side

If your car starts to go sideways when you attempt to drive straight, your tires are likely misaligned. To test this out, simply loosen your grip on the steering wheel and see if the vehicle veers to the left or right on its own.

Uneven tire wear

If you notice that the tires on one side of your car are wearing faster than the tires on the other, you're likely due for an alignment. Walk around your car and take note of your tread depth. If you notice any major changes or discrepancies, you should bring your vehicle in for service. Misalignment can lead to you replacing your set of tires before you’ve gotten your money’s worth out of them. It's always better to bring your car in for an inspection before jumping to replace the tires.

At V&F

Every car, truck, and SUV will eventually need a wheel alignment repair. Your vehicle’s age, the condition of your tires, and your general driving habits will determine how often you will need a wheel alignment. At V&F Auto, we have the industry’s most advanced wheel alignment equipment. Bring your vehicle to our experts after any collision or impact. Talk with our team of experts about a regular schedule for performing inspections and making adjustments. Call us at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange