Having the Tires Properly Aligned

 

Having the alignment checked can improve your safety when you drive. One way to notice if the alignment is off is to let go of the wheel with one hand for just a second, it could be enough to pull you in to that next lane and hit the cars that are driving in it. An accident could be caused because the tires were not aligned properly. You could also have a problem with your alignment and go across the yellow line and in to oncoming traffic if your pull goes to the right. No matter which way your vehicle is pulling you, a tire alignment can fix the problem.

 

Getting the tires looked at is one of the easier things on a vehicle. The vehicle is put on a lift and lifted up so all four tires are visible to the eye. Once the tire pressure is checked, the tires are checked for wear spots or uneven wear. Uneven wear on the tires is one of the first indications that it is out of alignment. If one tire has worn more than the others, it can mean the tires should be aligned or rotated. Regular maintenances can help determine when the tires should have this task done.

 

Once those problems are recognized, then the vehicle is put up on a computer that measures the angle of the tires in degrees. When one is way off, that means the tire alignment is off. The computer read out tells us which tires need to be adjusted and how much. The tires are then put in to the correct placement and a test drive would be taken down the road. The tires can get knocked out of alignment after traveling a lot of miles without it being checked, it you drive down bumpy roads often or if you just have not had the tires rotated recently. The alignment can be knocked off pretty easily, but it can also be fixed quite easily. Driving on poor tires can lead to more issues with the tires as well. If you notice an issue with your vehicle or tires when you drive, make sure to schedule an appointment. Catching an issue at the first sign can help save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

When a Wheel Alignment is Needed

 

 

If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through potholes, or even hit a curb, your alignment can be greatly affected. This can cause even the slightest, tiniest alignment issue, which can accelerate uneven tire wear. Make sure you have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles. If you are not sure how often to have your vehicle maintained, make sure to contact us so we can advise you on a correct schedule.

 

A wheel alignment ensures optimal drivability, because it will help your tires last longer, your vehicle drive smoother, ultimately keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction. Your vehicle will require less energy to keep going, potentially saving a ton of fuel depending on how much alignment was required. When your vehicle rolled off the manufacturer assembly line, it came preset with special angles that position your tires correctly. In order for your vehicle to travel the way it is supposed to, it will need precise alignment. Poor alignment can lead to uneven tire wear, poor handling and shorter tire life.

 

Ideally, tires should wear evenly across the tread. If you are noticing excessive wear on the rear inside tires, you may need an alignment adjustment. Uneven tire wear can also result in poor fuel mileage and more pain at the gas pump. Poor alignment can shorten a tire’s life by thousands of miles and compromise very crucial steering and suspension parts. If you do not want to replace tires as often and enjoy the benefits of better fuel economy, have your alignment checked, at the very least, with every other oil change or at the first sign of uneven or premature tire wear.

 

There are some noticeable signs that could indicate a misalignment. If the vehicle is pulling in one direction or the other, you may need to have the vehicle aligned. Also look for any signs of uneven tire wear. If you are unsure about your current alignment, please give us a call. Tire misalignment can be so subtle that you may not even realize it. Also remember to bring your vehicle in anytime you notice something out of the norm with it, as this can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle again.

 

Inspecting the Tires this Spring

 

 

From the winter, tires take a beating from potholes, bumpy, and icy roads. It is very important to have your tires inspected to see if they need repair or replacement in the spring. If they are in good condition you can be assured to have safe spring travels. It is important to check tires before each trip to make sure they are at least inflated. A complete inspection includes checking tire pressure, tread, and wear pattern. If the inflation is low, it may be due to a puncture in the tire.

 

 

Repairing a tire is great because it can be completed for a fraction of the cost to replace one. Even though there is financial savings in repair, it is not always the best choice. To determine if a repair is possible, you need to take a look at where the puncture area is. Only punctures in the tread area should be repaired. If a repair is beyond the tread area or on the sidewall then the tire should be replaced. For safety sake, do not make or allow a repair to those areas. The size of the repair is also important. Damage from a puncture should not be more than ¼ inch in diameter; otherwise it is unsafe to complete the repair. Do not get a tire repaired if the treads are less than one sixteenth of an inch. There is no sense in repairing a tire that should not be on the road in the first place. If the treads are less than 1/16 inch, then the tire is not safe for road use.

 

Also notice how your vehicle handles, if it pulls in one direction or the other, it can be a sign of an issue with the tires. Tires that are worn or have poor inflation can cause the vehicle to sway or pull in one direction when you drive. If you notice this, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This can help your vehicle to stay safe when you drive down the road.

Know when an Alignment is Needed

All vehicles at one time or another will need alignment in order to operate at a safe capacity. There is more to maintaining a vehicle than just getting the oil changed and the fluids refilled. Car repair is something that we all must have done at some point during the life of it. This is especially true when it comes to engine of the vehicle. Without a functional engine, the car would not operate on any level or capacity.

Sometimes it is very easy to tell if your car is in need of alignment. In some cases, a car that needs to be aligned will shake on one or both sides while in motion. In addition, the shaking may be noticeable around the tire areas. Another way of testing the alignment of the vehicle is to take your hand off the steering wheel while the car is in motion. If the steering wheel shakes or pulls toward one side, it probably is in need of proper alignment. In many cases, even a new car may require an alignment, as it is very easy to damage the alignment of a car while driving. Simply hitting a pothole or a curb can alter the alignment of any vehicle as well.

 

To help keep the vehicle running in the best condition possible, make sure to bring it in for regular maintenances. We can help inspect it for any issues it may have. If you notice an issue with the handling or steering of the vehicle, it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help prevent further issues from forming. It can also decrease the chance that parts will wear against one another and cause stress and strain to them. By going to scheduled maintenances, you can keep the vehicle lasting as long as possible.

 

Make Sure to Inspect your Vehicle this Spring

With the warmer temperatures, now is a great time to inspect your vehicle. Over the winter road grime and salt can build up on your vehicle, which can increase the chance of rust to form. Make sure to wash your car, and undercarriage, so that the grime and left over salt is removed.

 

You will also want to inspect the tires. With colder temperatures, the pressure can become lower over time. Under inflated tires can result in poor mileage when you drive the vehicle. Under inflated tires also have a greater chance of blowing out when they rotate. Over inflated tires will have less contact with the surface of the road. This can lead to poor handling and control of the vehicle. The tread of the tires is also critical. The tread is what helps to grip the road when you drive. Proper tread will improve the handling and stability of the road if it is wet or in a less than ideal condition. If the tread is low it can cause the vehicle to hydroplane on roads that have water on them.

You will also want to inspect the tread of your tires. You can do this by placing a penny upside down in the groove of the tread. If you are able to see the top of Lincoln’s head, then there is not enough tread to drive safely. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. A new set of tires might be recommended. We can also inspect them to see how the tread is wearing all the way around the tires. Proper rotations should be done in order to help keep the tires in the best condition possible. This can help to ensure they all are wearing as evenly as possible. You may also need to have them aligned, so make sure to schedule an appointment with us, so we can inspect them for you.

 

The windshield wipers should also be inspected. After the winter season is a good time to have them replaced. The harsh element of winter can cause the blades to rip and tear. This could lead to the wipers smearing or smudging the windshield as they operate. If you are not sure what type of wiper blades to invest in, contact us, and we can advise you on the options.

Why Tire Inspections are Necessary

 

The tires are an important part for your vehicle. They are the only part to have direct contact between you and the surface of the road. They also help with the control and stability of the road when you are driving. To keep the vehicle running safely down the road, you should have a tire inspection done on a regular basis. This can help us to notice if any part is staring to show signs of wear and tear. To keep the vehicle operating at top efficiency and performance, the tires will need to be in good condition.

Having the tires checked regularly is a good safety measure. If you do not have the tires checked as a preventative measure, then it means you will discover a problem when you have a flat on the side of the road or if you are in an accident. Having the tires maintained and inspected will cost less than if you ignore it and the tire blows out. An inspection will look for uneven wear, exposed treads, balding tires, or thin spots on the sidewalls of the tires.

It is recommended to notice if the vehicle is starting to show signs of an issue. This can help save time, money, and stress in the long run. If the tires are worn, it could mean you need a new set of tires, but it could also mean a few other things. Uneven wear on the tires mean you should get a tire alignment done. You can put on new tires, but if the alignment is still wrong, the new tires will wear uneven as well and still be a potential safety hazard for you.

Uneven wear on the tires could also signal a problem with the suspension system. If there is a part missing, loose or not working properly, it could show up as a problem in the tire. The inspection will catch the wear before it gets terrible and causes a larger problem when you travel down the road. Thin treads, or balding tires, need to be replaced. The treads on the tire show how much wear has taken place. If you have low or even no treads left on the tire, this will affect how the vehicle handles. When there are no treads, you will not get traction in the snow, in the rain, or on roads that have less than optimal conditions to drive in. The treads will give you traction and allow you to stay more controlled in any type of condition as you drive down the road. With a rotation, you can assume the tires will get even wear on the inside and outside. They will also be moved to the front and back as needed, to keep the tires in the best shape as possible.

Keep the Tires Lasting Longer

Keeping your vehicle in ideal condition is important. One part that you may forget about until there is an issue, are the tires. The tires are important because they are the only part that will make contact with the surface of the road. Good tires will also help you to have a comfortable ride. There are steps you can take to avoid premature tire wear. As a result, your tires will last longer, thus saving you both time and money.

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There are a few things that can lead to premature wear of the tires. One way is if you neglect to rotate the tires. This can cause premature wear on them. There are a few benefits of regular tire rotation. This will increase the comfort and longevity of the tires and vehicle. If you are not sure how often to have the tires aligned, contact us and we can set up a schedule. Another reason for poor tires is if the air pressure is incorrect. Tires that are over or under inflated can cause trouble. Check the air pressure every time you fill up your vehicle to ensure they are not over inflated or under inflated. If you notice an issue with the pressure of the tires, make sure to schedule an appointment.

 

Poor tire balance can cause the tire to wobble, and can lead to improper wear. This is often accompanied by steering wheel vibration. If you believe one or more tire needs balanced, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can inspect it. Premature tire wear is something you want to avoid. If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect the tires for you.

 
 
 

Improve the Longevity of the Tires

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Always make sure the tires have the proper amount of air pressure in them. This is so the vehicle can perform at top efficiency. The proper air pressure amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Also make sure the wheels are aligned according to the recommended schedule. If the tires are out of alignment, it could increase rubbing and friction during operation. The tires should be balanced properly in order to prevent any vibrations or bouncing when driving. Unnecessary vibrations with the tires can lead to them needing to be replaced sooner than they should. Also, rotating the tires on a regular basis can help even out the wear and tear of the tires. It can also help to reduce the chance of bald spots occurring on the tires.

 

Having the air pressure checked on a regular basis can help to ensure the tires are able to rotate efficiently. If the air pressure is too low, it could cause the tires to blow out. If the tires have too much air pressure, then they are prone to picking up sharp objects that might be in the road.

 

Having the wheels aligned can make a difference in the life span of the tires and other components of the vehicle. If they are unaligned, there could be excessive rubbing, wear, and frictions that can cause damage to the tires. It can also shorten the lifespan of the tires as well. Make sure to have the wheels aligned based on the recommended schedule.

 

When the wheels are not properly balanced, it can affect how the vehicle handles and rides. Poor handling can result from an imbalance between sets of tires. A professional should always balance the tires, that way we can make sure they are also properly aligned. We can also check the condition of the tires, as well as the tread.

 

Rotating the tires is an important maintenance task. This is something you should do based on the regular recommended schedule. You can have the tires rotated when a wheel alignment is done also. When the tires and components are rotated on a regular schedule, they experience more even wear patters. This can help the tires to stay in the best condition possible, as long as they should for your vehicle.

Aligning the Wheels of Your Vehicle

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All four of your wheels are properly aligned, which is important for your safety as well as the performance of your vehicle. A wheel alignment should be part of your regular vehicle maintenance inspection when you take it in for a tune-up. If you notice that the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other, make sure to bring it in and we can inspect the tires for you.

 

If you have hit something, large or small, you should always take your vehicle in to make sure the wheels are still aligned, as well as making sure nothing on the undercarriage has been effected by it. Another indication you should take your vehicle in is if you see a wear pattern on the shoulders of your tires, or if you notice your vehicle is handling much differently. This is important to your safety, as well as the safety of others. With poorly aligned wheels, you run the risk of having an accident and endangering the lives of others.

 

The engine has to work harder and use more gasoline to make up for the interference, such as unaligned tires. When your tires are properly aligned, you will not be creating resistance, which impacts your gas mileage. You will be able to help maintain the best fuel efficiency you can for your vehicle. If you notice your vehicle is getting worse gas mileage than normal, you should plan to have it taken in to have it inspected. This can also help you to have a comfortable ride when you drive.