With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about routine seasonal maintenance for keeping your vehicle in the best shape possible all year long. One of the most important components of spring maintenance is the wheel alignment. As a major factor in your vehicle’s steering response, a proper wheel alignment performed by the experts at TIRECRAFT will help ensure that you’re ready to hit the road once the snow melts and the temperature starts to rise! Here are four reasons that a wheel alignment is so important to include as part of your routine spring maintenance.
A Wheel Alignment Keeps Your Car on the Straight and Narrow
The alignment of your wheels has a great deal to do with their camber. The camber is the angle of your wheels (as measured in degrees). If your wheel is titled outward at the top, its camber is positive. On the other hand, if the wheel is tilted inward, then it has negative camber.
Over time, the camber of your wheels can be knocked out of alignment. This can be caused by something as simple as hitting a pothole, or through general wear and tear. If your wheels are not in alignment, your entire vehicle can be impacted. You may begin to notice a number of issues, the most prominent being that your vehicle has begun pulling to the left or right. This can be very dangerous for the driver, as well as passengers, as it can reduce your ability to control and handle the vehicle. With a wheel alignment, your vehicle should not pull in any direction without you controlling it.
A Wheel Alignment Keeps You and Your Passengers Comfortable and Safe
Because wheels can go out of alignment slowly overtime, you may have not even noticed the impact unaligned wheels are having on your drive. However, after your wheel alignment, you’ll notice a smoother, more comfortable ride almost instantly. This is because a Spring wheel alignment can equalize and balance the natural wear patterns of your tires, ensuring the time you spend in your vehicle will be a far more enjoyable experience for everyone.
A Wheel Alignment Can Prolong the Life of Your Tires
Depending on where your tires are located on your vehicle, they wear in different ways. This is because each tire supports a different amount of weight depending on where they are positioned. Generally, front tires will wear down more quickly than rear tires due to the weight of the engine, as well as the increased stress caused from braking. Additionally, whether your vehicle is all wheel drive, front wheel drive or rear wheel drive can also impact how your tires wear.
Tires that are out of alignment wear unevenly, resulting in unsafe driving conditions and a shorter lifespan. When you take your vehicle in for a wheel alignment at your local TIRECRAFT , you’ll be taking steps to ensure your wheels will provide you with many kilometres of open-road adventures.
Wheel Alignments Can Save You Money
It’s always in your best interest to ensure the components of your vehicle are in the best condition possible, because one issue can amplify another, and then another, and before you know it you’re looking at a sizeable repair bill. For example, driving with misaligned wheels can lead to expensive issues that can permanently damage your vehicle’s suspension, as well as reduce your ability to brake properly, potentially resulting in serious consequences.
By choosing to have your wheels aligned at your local TIRECRAFT , you’re not only doing what’s best for your vehicle, you’re doing what’s best for your pocket book.
Once Spring Has Sprung, Make Sure Your Vehicle is Ready to Roll!
A wheel alignment is a must for those who want to most comfortable, safest driving experience possible after a long Canadian winter. To learn more about wheel alignments, or to book your appointment, stop into your local TIRECRAFT and speak with our experts today!