What Causes Tires to Lose Alignment
General wear, driving conditions, and alterations to your car can all cause the tires to lose alignment. Some of the most common causes include:
Impacts: Avoiding every pothole while driving or each concrete barrier while parking is impossible, but each of these seemingly minor incidents can throw your vehicle out of alignment. They can also add up over time, potentially leading to a major misalignment.
Tires: New tires can mean big changes for your car, whether you’re sticking with a tried-and-true type or switching over to a new type of tire.
Wear: Over time, your car’s parts experience general wear and tear, as joints start to loosen and rubber components begin to lose integrity. If left unchecked, this can cause your wheels to continue to lose alignment as you drive.
A wheel alignment ensures that your tires point in the right direction and that related parts wear smoothly and evenly. A number of factors can make your wheels lose their alignment, so having this checked should be a regular part of your vehicle maintenance routine. Learn how often you should get your tires aligned, and get to know some signs that your wheels need to have the alignment checked.
You may be surprised to learn that Synthetic Oil can actually save money on your maintenance needs. As an example, we will use a 2006 Toyota 4Runner. If Conventional oil is used, the 3,000 mile interval is recommended. The cost of an oil service would be roughly $46 parts and labor. A Full Synthetic service using Valvoline Synthetic oil would have a 5,000 mile interval, and run $56 or so. Over 15,000 miles you would change your oil 5 times with conventional oil, and only 3 times with Full Synthetic Oil, saving you $65 in 15,000 miles. That's like a free oil service! Over 100,000 miles, that would save you $400.
Staying on top of your vehicle's maintenance is the easiest way to save money and protect your investment.
My wheel is straight, Isn't an alignment a waste of money?
Why do Synthetic Oil Changes cost more?
How Wheel Alignment Affects Your Vehicle
No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, it has exact alignment specifications determined by the automaker. Everything from the vehicle’s overall size to its weight to its intended use goes into calculating these specs, which are unique to your make and model.
Driving your car when the wheels are out of alignment can cause a number of problems. Your tires can wear unevenly, which can make your vehicle unable to grip the road properly or handle safely. Your car can also suffer in terms of performance, since a car that’s out of alignment can’t handle as cleanly. Continuing to drive a car with poor alignment will just make the situation worse and can even compromise your ability to control the vehicle or damage other components of your car.
How often should I have my alignment checked?
In our region, everyday driving will take us to all varied sorts of terrain, and who hasn't been down a rough road? That's where all the best hiking & biking is, after all! If your driving includes rough roads, we recommend having your alignment checked once a year. When a set of tires go for anywhere from $400 and up, an alignment check is a very affordable way to ensure those tires last as long as possible. If you visit our services page, you will see that we have a variety of necessary services that are priced to save you money, and keep your investment safe. Call today to see how we can keep you on the road.