There are many things that you can do to extend the life of your tires, and wheel alignment is one of them. Alignments ensure that all of the tires on your vehicle maintain performance and are not showing any signs of unusual tire wear. Not only are they highly recommended in terms of preventative auto maintenance, but they are also something that can be done relatively quickly. Whether you’re getting an oil change or getting a simple tire rotation, an alignment can be done on the spot. While the specifications of your tires will vary depending on your car’s make and model, a wheel alignment is something that should be done a few times each year.
Bad wheel alignment can cause a lot of difficulties while driving. If you think your wheels need an inspection, come see AutoStream Car Care Center in Clarksburg, Maryland, today and let’s get your wheels back on the road.
One of the quickest ways to check if your vehicle’s alignment is off is by doing a quick steering wheel check. While you are driving down a flat, even road, your steering wheel should be close to perfectly straight. While there is a small amount of deviation that is allowed due to the difficulty of finding an even road, overall, your steering wheel should be resting straight and center. If you notice that your steering wheel is off-center by more than a few degrees, it’s likely that you should have an alignment performed. This will not only return your steering wheel to the center but will also improve the drivability of your vehicle.
Much like your steering wheel, your vehicle should also be driving straight. In a safe manner, the next time you are driving down a well-paved road, safely remove your hands from the steering wheel to allow your car to guide itself. If you notice it drifting in one direction, place your hands back on the wheel and correct it back to the center. Once more, remove your hands and allow your vehicle to guide itself once more. If it continues to drift to one side of the road, you should have your alignment checked and wheels inspected at your earliest convenience.
Your tires speak volumes about the overall condition of your car. Wear on either the inside or outside edges of your tires can indicate a problem with your camber adjustment. Feather or scalloping often indicates there is an issue with the toe adjustment. If you think your tires are showing signs of any of the tire wear patterns, it’s highly recommended that you schedule an alignment to be done. A professional technician will be able to spot unusual tire wear patterns and make an assessment of their overall condition.
Improper wheel alignment can create a host of problems for you and your vehicle, which is why it’s best to have your car inspected as soon as you notice any potential problems. If you suspect there might be a problem with your car, come see us at AutoStream Car Care Center today or give us a call at (410) 418-9670 to make an appointment. We are conveniently located at 12051 Snowden Farm Parkway to service all of our Clarksburg, Maryland neighbors.