When Is It Time To Get A Wheel Alignment?

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You never expect it. It always comes out of the blue. That dreaded pothole that makes you wonder if you just blew a tire. Driving in Dallas – Fort Worth has always been a challenge, due to the constant construction and presence of working crews. Not only do they make traffic a challenge, but the roads are a challenge for your wheels and tires to stay in proper alignment. One deep pothole can knock your wheels just to a degree that will cause you problems. Here are a couple of ways to determine if your car is in need of a wheel alignment.

Uneven Wear On Tires

Your tires will be the most telling of all. If you begin to notice the tires wearing on one side and not the other, then you’re due for a wheel alignment. When the camber of the tires is slightly off, that means that the bulk of the weight of the vehicle is resting on one side or the other. While that may not seem like a big deal, it is concerning know that it could very well cut your tire’s life span tremendously. Some mid-engine cars have to have their wheels aligned more frequently, due to the placement of the engine. This also creates a hazardous condition when the roads are wet or icy. In order for your tires to properly channel water away and make proper contact with the road, your wheels must be properly aligned, otherwise, you could find yourself fishtailing!

Listing To One Direction

If you find yourself having to struggle with the steering wheel to keep it centered and the car pointed straight, you may have an alignment issue. Another telling experiment is to take your hands off of the wheel momentarily (DON’T DO THIS IN TRAFFIC OR AT HIGH SPEEDS!) and see if the steering wheel goes to the left or right. If it does, bring it in and we’ll take a look.

Many tire shops will recommend getting your wheels aligned every time you purchase new tires. While that may be the case for some drivers, most of us don’t have to worry about it that often. Of course, if you have recently hit a curb, pothole or median, you should definitely have your car looked at.

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