Wheel alignment, sometimes referred to as breaking or tracking, is part of standard automobile maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the car manufacturer’s specifications. The purpose of these adjustments is to reduce tire wear, and to ensure that the vehicle travels straight and true (without “pulling” to one side).
Misalignment of your vehicle’s front or rear wheels can cause rapid and uneven tread wear which is the primary reason for requiring tire replacement before the recommended mileage is reached. The benefits of a wheel alignment have major implications on the performance of your car as well. Alignment can improve driver safety, eliminate the feeling of pulling, increase fuel efficiency, and maximize the life of your tires.
A periodic alignment means less strain on steering and suspension parts, increased directional stability, and easier steering. You’ll get a better, more comfortable ride. Perhaps most important of all, you’ll ensure safe driving. Having the wheels aligned normally takes less than one hour. The vehicle is placed on a platform, which allows the wheels to spin while a computer calculates their orientation. The computer compares this to a database of manufacturer specifications for the year, make, and model of the car. If the alignment is off, an adjustment is made and the vehicle is tested again. Balancing can be done at the same time, if required.
How often should you have your car aligned? Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation noted in your owner’s manual. As a general rule, have your alignment checked every 10,000 miles or once a year.
Call us today at 905-764-6261 to set up your appointment. We’ll keep your car running smoothly and safely and save you money at the same time.