Why Is Wheel Alignment Important?
When car owners think about preventative car maintenance, services such as oil changes and brake repair come to mind. Though these are very important, there is another service that doesn’t get nearly enough attention – wheel alignment. In terms of maintaining your car’s health and staying safe on the road, this is a service that NEEDS to be performed more often.
For those that don’t know, wheel alignment is responsible for maintaining the proper angles on various vehicle components, which includes your steering wheel, tires, and suspension. When everything is aligned, your driving experience is improved and it increases the vehicles fuel economy. A car’s wheel alignment is usually knocked off when a driver runs over a pothole, curb, or by simple wear-and-tear. This is where drivers start to run into problems.
What Problems Can I Run Into?
As mentioned, car owners usually run into wheel alignment problems when they hit things like potholes and curbs, or by wear-and-tear. If left unchecked, misaligned wheels could cost car owners thousands of dollars and place them at higher risk for an accident. Since misaligned wheels are contacting the road at different angles, they will be working against each other instead of with each other. Owners will see different wear marks on each tire instead of them being uniform. Along with that, the misaligned tires will wear out a lot quicker than owners would expect.
For safety, driving with misaligned tires can put you at higher risk for accidents because you’ll have a harder time handling your vehicle. Depending on how bad the situation is, you may even have to fight your car from drifting to a certain side. In the most severe cases, drivers will have difficulty maintaining control of their vehicle altogether.
What Happens During a Wheel Alignment Service?
During this service, Lawrence Automotive technicians will work on three crucial parts for wheel alignment: the camber (inward and outward tilt of the wheel from the front), caster (front and back tilt from the side) and toe (top facing view). These adjustments are measured in fractions and require specific pieces of equipment. Car owners should look to have a professional Lawrence Automotive technician handle this service as we have the equipment and the technical know-how to do it effectively
Unfortunately, there isn’t a specific requirement listed for when to get your wheels aligned in most manufacturer’s maintenance schedules. As a rule of thumb, industry standard asks owners to get them realigned every 6,000 miles or every other oil change.
Schedule Your Wheel Alignment With Lawrence Automotive Diagnostics
When you need properly aligned tires, you need the best people for the job. You don’t want to drive hundreds of miles and spend thousands of dollars on an issue that can be easily fixed. Our team of technicians at Lawrence Automotive Diagnostics Inc. are expertly trained to quickly realign your tires and get you back on the road. Precision is key during this service, and we have the tools to accurately align your tires down to the fraction. Give us a call at 785-842-8665 and schedule your wheel alignment today. Or visit our shop at 2858 Four Wheel Drive.