Wheel Alignments- Why They’re Important
Posted on October 21,16 by cccadmin
Regular wheel alignments are an important part of conscientious car maintenance. Unfortunately, many car owners fail to understand the importance of good wheel alignment, and therefore don’t have their alignment checked often enough.
Here are five reasons why getting regular wheel alignments is good for your car, your bank account, and your peace of mind.
1: Better gas mileage. When your wheels are aligned properly, it cuts down on rolling resistance, which means that you car doesn’t have to work as hard or burn as much fuel in order to move forward. This is good news for everyone: Not only do you spend less money on gas, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing your car is responsible for less pollution and carbon emissions.
2: More mileage out of your tires. Even the slightest problem with your alignment can have disastrous effects on your tires. If your tires have too much or too little toe-in (the degree at which they point in toward each other at the front, like a person who stands pigeon-toed), a narrow strip on each tire will wear down very quickly, causing you to have to get new tires sooner. By getting regular wheel alignments, you ensure that your tires wear evenly, making them last as long as possible.
3: Tire warranties still apply. The problem with your tires wearing from poor wheel alignment is that it usually voids your warranty on the tires. Most warranties only apply to the quality of the goods. In other words, if the tires wear out too soon because of something other than poor quality, then the manufacturer is not responsible. Failing to get wheel alignments often enough is considered to be negligence on the part of the car’s owner, and usually means that the warranty is voided.
4: Less wear and tear on other parts. Having the wheels out of alignment can be stressful on the rest of the car, too. It means that you continually need to put pressure on the steering system in order to keep the car straight, and when you brake you often feel the car pull even more sharply, indicating that the brakes are needing to work harder on one side than the other.
5: Easier to drive. One of the biggest advantages of having your wheels aligned properly is that your car is easier to drive. No annoying pull to one side or the other. It’s much easier and more pleasant to drive a car that has had regular wheel alignments.
As you can see, there are many reasons why a car owner should be sure to get regular wheel alignments. Not only does having your wheels aligned properly save you money on gas, tires, and other potential repairs, but it also gives you better peace of mind to know that your car is being cared for properly.
How Misaligned Wheels can cost You Money
If your wheels are out of alignment they will be pointing in different directions as your car travels down the road. So instead of your wheels working together to smoothly efficiently move your car along the road they work against each other. Because of this
your tires wear out quicker than they should,
your car uses more fuel (because your engine works harder as your wheels
push against each other), and
your car may pull to one side of the road. This drawing shows an extreme version to help your understanding of the problem.
Over time as your car experiences the knocks and bumps of being driven over imperfect roads your wheels go out of alignment. Curbs and potholes push your alignment out quicker and further.
What is a Wheel Alignment & its Benefits to You
A wheel alignment measures and adjusts your car’s suspension settings to make sure all your wheels are pointing in the same direction and at the correct angels to the road according the manufacturers specifications. This means your car travels along the road with the least friction giving you the following benefits:
saves money by improving fuel economy
makes your tires last longer
gives you a smoother ride
improves handling and safety
How Often & How Much & Where?
Increasing car manufacturers are recommending four wheel alignments at regular intervals – as little as 10,000 miles, however it’s suggested one about every 20-30,000 miles or when purchasing a new set of tires.
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