Importance Of Wheel Alignment


Tires are expensive, so why would you want to go through set after set of tires only to drain your wallet more? That’s right, you don’t. What you can do to prevent having to replace your tires due to wear and tear so often is aligning your wheels every 12,000 miles, or once a year. If you have noticed that your vehicle either pulls to either direction of the road and or your steering wheel shakes while driving, it’s probably due to unaligned wheels.

Wear and Tear

Driving regularly with unaligned wheels will not only wear down your treads, but after long use of your vehicles tires while unaligned you will start to notice that your tires appear rough, or slightly torn. The last thing you want while on a road trip or business trip is for your vehicle to have a blow out and you end up late to an appointment. Our employees at Autoworks can guarantee you an even alignment of all four wheels to keep you on the road longer without any issues regarding your tires. Another cause of vibrations and bumps in your ride is due to the tires being off balance. We at Autoworks check tire balance with a wheel balancing machine that senses anywhere down to a one-quarter ounce difference in weight on your wheels. The reason to worry about such a small amount of weight is because the tires and wheels of your car are traveling at high speeds around the axle, hundreds of times a minute. This amount of momentum can cause serious vibrations of your car, now multiply that by 4 wheels and you will have a very unpleasant experience.

Tire Rotation

Tires being off balance will sometimes even cause a blowout due to heat gathered from the wear, along with your tire health, the bearings also start to deteriorate with imbalance. To extend the life of your tires, you can also rotate them, even though this task is very simple to complete, it can be one of the most important. If done correctly, it will extend the life of your tires greatly, improve your fuel economy, and ensures your car will handle in an appropriate manner when you need to make a sudden turn or stop. Tire rotation is recommended to be completed from every 3,000 to 7,000 miles.

Factors Affected By Alignment

In most cases, your vehicle will leave the factory with perfectly aligned wheels. Over time this will start to change with wear on your tires. Bringing your vehicle into Autoworks every 12,000 miles to be inspected by our trained employees is a great choice on your part. Failure to re-align your wheels after long use can lead to your camber and toe specifications to drift outside your manufacturers limit, thus leading to your vehicle “pulling” to either side of the road. Bringing your vehicle in for alignment to Autoworks Texas gets you serviced with an inspection and wheel alignment, which increases the life of other parts of your vehicle such as braking equipment and tires. Factors being affected by offset wheel alignment can be anywhere from your brakes, ride quality, and fuel economy, so why save a little cash in the long run?

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