Car owners often overlook wheel misalignment because the problem is not easily noticeable until it becomes too severe. Some drivers are genuinely ignorant about wheel misalignment because there is no clear signal for it, like an oil change. While you might not feel very immediate signs, driving comes with mild to severe risk. It will also cost you when problems such as blown tires and extra fuel costs increase sharply. Why schedule car alignment ASAP?
Do you notice you hold the steering wheel at an angle when driving straight? Does your car pull to one side when you let go of the steering when driving straight? Steering problems are the clearest signs that your car needs a wheel alignment.
Misaligned steering is a clear and present danger because you are less in control of your vehicle when you need to react quickly. It raises the chances of getting into accidents. You need alignment ASAP to return perfect steering and control of your vehicle.
Reduce Repair Expenses
Your tires wear out faster than expected on misaligned wheels. Feathering happens when one tire side wears out faster and at a sharper angle than the other. Camber wearing happens when edges wear out faster than the centerline. Misaligned shocks also make other parts see more wear and tear because of more vibration.
Aligning the wheels helps you avoid replacing tires more frequently than expected. You also avoid the general wear and tear that comes from excessive vibration. You reduce your trips to the garage shop.
Make Your ride Smoother
Besides veering to one side, you may feel riding has become bumpy. You will also feel vibrations in your steering, even on relatively smooth surfaces. Hitting a small pothole or bump is more uncomfortable because the tires and shocks are misaligned. Wheel alignment makes your ride smooth and comfortable again. Long rides become more enjoyable and less tiring.
Optimize Fuel Efficiency
Misalignment increases the drag on your wheels. They work harder to roll, which means you press the fuel pedal harder to make them move. The wheels do not roll freely when they should, for example, when moving downhill. Wheel misalignment reduces your fuel efficiency, which translates to more fuel costs. Wheel alignment returns free movement to your wheels, making the car use fuel as expected.
Do you think your car is exhibiting signs of wheel misalignment? Talk to an automotive expert to diagnose and fix misaligned car wheels.