Wheel Alignment

Do you like when you vehicle goes the direction in which you point it toward? If so, having the wheels properly aligned is critical. Not only that, a properly aligned vehicle can save you money.

Why is it important?

When your vehicle is properly aligned, you get three major benefits:

  1. Maximum fuel economy
  2. Maximum tire life
  3. Maximum tire performance

What causes a car to go “out of alignment”?

Everyday driving can cause improperly aligned wheels. Especially:

  • Bumps
  • Rough roads
  • Potholes

Identifying poor alignment

If your car is out of alignment, you may notice one of these symptoms:

  • Steering wheel vibration
  • Pulling to one side
  • Off-center steering wheel
  • Uneven tread wear
  • Your tires squeal, especially around turns

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should check your wheel alignments immediately. Otherwise, you may run into an uneven tire wear situation that causes you to purchase new tires before you should have if your car was properly aligned.

When should you go for a regular checkup?

Our service advisers at Sturman and Larkin Ford recommend a regular wheel alignment every 30,000 miles. We have seen recommendations as low as 6,000 but most modern vehicles do not need to be checked that often. However, if you experience any of the above symptoms, you may need a wheel alignment as soon as possible.

If you are uncertain, contact us and we can help you out.

What about All-Wheel Drive systems?

Wheel alignment is especially important in AWD vehicles. Because of the way that the traction control system constantly adjusts power to each wheel based on tire rotational speed, having unevenly worn tires may damage the system.

Want more information? Contact the service advisers at Sturman and Larkin Ford today and let us show you why we are Pittsburgh’s best car and truck service department.