Why You Need Wheel Alignments

August 1st, 2016 by

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When you’ve been in to have an oil change or any other kind of service done on your car over the years, then there’s a good chance that a technician you’ve dealt with has as some point suggested for you to get your wheels aligned. On first consideration, it might seem like the technician is just trying to tack on another expensive service to your order, and you might think about simply cutting your losses by forgoing the wheel alignment. As it turns out, though, wheel alignments aren’t merely a con for a service department or mechanic to earn more money, but are actually an essential part of keeping your car running safely and effectively.

How to Tell When You Need a Wheel Alignment

There are a number of tell tale signs that could help let you know if it’s time to get your wheels aligned:

  • Car “Pulling” – One of the biggest telltale signs that it’s time to get a wheel alignment is if your vehicle is pulling to the left or the right. You can tell if this is happening if your steering wheel is aligned to go straight ahead but your vehicle veers to the left of the right.
  • Abnormal Tire Wear – If your wheels aren’t correctly aligned, then there’s a good chance that one or more of your tires could be getting abnormal tire wear. If it appears that one or more of your tires is going bald more quickly than the other parts, this likely means that you need to have your wheels realigned or your tires rotated.
  • Potholes and Other Road Conditions – If you’ve recently hit a deep pothole, driven your car over a curb, gotten into a collision, or experienced another similar driving incident, there’s a good chance that your tires aren’t properly aligned.
  • No Signs – Another very real possibility is that you won’t have any clear sign that your tires are misaligned. This is one reason that it’s essential to have your wheel alignment checked when you go in for regular maintenance every few thousand miles.

Wheel Alignments at Earl Stewart Toyota

The certified technicians at Earl Stewart Toyota have the tools and experience to take care of your wheel alignments for you. Simply schedule your service online, and then bring your vehicle into our dealership at 7830 Commerce Drive in Florence, KY, just a short drive from Cincinnati.