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Wheel Alignments

Does Your Car Need A Wheel Alignment? We Can Help

Your vehicle's wheels are important to the safety and smooth ride of your car. Proper wheel alignment keeps your wheels at the angle that your car manufacturer set when they built the vehicle. When the wheels are not in proper alignment specific to the vehicle, the car wheels will want to go in different directions and it can also cause unnecessary tire wear as well as other issues.

How Do Wheels Become Unaligned?

The wheels on your car can become unaligned due to many reasons. (And sometimes it's unexplainable!) In most cases, unaligned wheels are caused by a crash, hitting road obstructions, like potholes or curbs, or can simply be caused by time and driving the vehicle.

Misaligned wheels can cause problems. For instance, misalignment can decrease gas mileage by up to 10%. And that's just one of the many problems poor alignment can cause. Increased tread wear and premature tire wear are other issues caused by bad alignment.

Proper wheel alignment is important for your car to steer properly and to maintain as equal tire wear as possible.

How do I know if my car needs a wheel alignment?

There are several ways you can tell if you have a wheel alignment issue:

  • The car pulls to the left or right
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Humming sound from your tires
  • Poor handling
  • Steering wheel vibration

If your wheels have improper alignment, it's important that you get it fixed. Your wheels spin when you drive, and the faster they spin the more the car will indicate an issue if the car is out of alignment. There is quite a bit that goes into an alignment and all of it is to be sure your vehicle moves in a straight line when driving.

When we do a wheel alignment, we adjust the toe, caster and camber to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications. We can do 4-wheel and 2-wheel alignments and we use only the best equipment to check and repair your vehicle's alignment.

The benefits of a properly aligned vehicle are that you will have less tread wear so your tires will last longer, you will get better gas mileage, you will have a smoother ride with proper road contact and your car won't pull to the left or right!

If you have recently hit a curb or a pothole or you think your car is pulling to the left or right, it might be time to come down to Big Jim's Automotive and let us take a look. We can get your car driving straight again.