How Can You Tell it’s Time for a Wheel Alignment?

Do you know the signs that you need a wheel alignment? Your car’s manufacturer recommends that you get one after a set amount of time or miles, but there are other signs that you may need an alignment. Here’s some information from KS Autocare to help you.

You Want to Protect Your New Tires

New tires are an investment and it makes sense to protect that investment right out of the gate. The best way to do that with new tires is to make sure that you have the alignment corrected when you’re having the tires installed. You’re already getting them balanced, and they’ll have the correct air pressure when you leave, too. An alignment just puts icing on the cake.

You’ve Just Been in a Wreck

Even a minor accident can cause big problems with your wheel alignment. That happens because the impact, even if it’s a small one, and the location of the impact can change how the wheels are aligned. You might not even have issues with all of the wheels, but if one is off significantly, that is going to have a big impact on your car’s tires and on engine performance.

Your Car Is Handling Badly

Handling issues are your car’s way of letting you know that something isn’t right. That problem could be elsewhere in the suspension, it could be in the steering system itself, or it could be the tires. But a very common cause of handling issues is wheels that are out of alignment, so it makes sense to start there. Some of the handling issues to watch for include vibrations as your speed increases and pulling to one side as you’re driving.

You’ve Spotted Tread Problems in Your Tires

You’re checking your tire tread periodically, right? That’s going to help you to spot this next sign that it’s time for a wheel alignment. If you’re seeing uneven patches in your tread or the tread seems to be wearing down a lot faster than you expected, the problem could be with your wheel alignment. Getting that corrected can help to protect your tires and extend their life.

KS Autocare in Elgin, IL can help you with wheel alignments and other routine maintenance and repairs. Call us today and set up an appointment for a wheel alignment. We’ll use the latest technology to measure your current wheel alignment and adjust the wheels accordingly.

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