Navarre Wheel Alignment
Virtually anything can knock a vehicle out of alignment, from accidents to regular road wear to potholes. Wheel alignments serve two main purposes: ensuring vehicles handle correctly and safely, and extending the lifespan of tires.
THE BASICS BEHIND A WHEEL ALIGNMENT
When you visit DN Automotive for your alignment, our specialists will measure and correct your wheel angles to assure they’re in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Additionally we’ll:
- Ensure weight is properly distributed around all rim assemblies and tires.
- Inspect your suspension and steering systems.
- Adjust wheel angles to make sure they’re both parallel to one another and perpendicular to the ground.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A WHEEL ALIGNMENT
There are many reasons customers to come to us for a Navarre wheel alignment.
- Regular alignments improve safety.
- When a vehicle’s wheels have been aligned properly there is considerably less rolling resistance.
- Proper alignment boosts fuel economy.
- Vehicles have smoother rides with regular alignments.
- Customers can save hundreds of dollars by extending the life of their tires and preventing excessive and uneven tread on their tires.
THE RECOMMENDED FREQUENCY OF ALIGNMENTS
Though it may vary based on your manufacturer, most will recommend getting a complete four-wheel tire alignment every year. There are other situations that can arise where you’d want to get either just a front-end alignment or the complete four-wheel alignment. They include:
- When new tires are installed.
- After an accident.
- After any type of collision
- After hitting a large pothole.
- When the suspension is replaced.
- When replacing any part of the steering system.
- If your vehicle pulls to one size when you’re driving.
- If you feel a vibration when driving.
- If you notice your tires wearing unevenly.
- If there’s a squeal on your tires.
THE PROCESS OF WHEEL ALIGNMENTS
There are three different angles that work together to offer proper wheel alignment:
- Toe. This is the measurement between your tires. They should be both parallel to one another and in equal positions.
- Caster. This is the angle of the steering pivot. It allows your wheels to turn with the steering wheel.
- Camber. This is the angle of the wheel. When properly aligned, it’s perpendicular to the ground.
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE BETWEEN ALIGNMENTS
There’s no substitute for regular wheel alignments, but there are things every driver can do to keep their wheels in good shape between alignments.
- Don’t store heavy objects in your trunk. The alignment of your wheels is related to the tire angles, which are affected by the chassis height of your vehicle. Drivers who regularly have too much weight in their trunk are lowering their vehicle’s height – which can throw off their alignment. Take out items you don’t need and only keep heavy things in your trunk when you really need them.
- Regularly check the air pressure on your tires. Remember that it may need to be adjusted when outside temperatures fluctuate.
- Drive conservatively. The less strain you put on your suspension and steering components, the better your vehicle’s wheels will stay aligned properly.
VISIT OUR NAVARRE REPAIR SHOP FOR YOUR NEXT WHEEL ALIGNMENT
Are you worried about the alignment of your vehicle? Or is it time for your yearly alignment? Come to DN Automotive and let us take a look! You can count on us for efficient, competitively priced services from technicians who will take the time to let you know what needs to be done and why it needs to be done.
WE SPECIALIZE IN ALIGNING VEHICLES WITH OVERSIZE TIRES AND OVERSIZE LIFTS
We know a lot of shops tend to not do this kind of special work. So take your vehicle to DN Automotive, we got you covered.