As part of your yearly car maintenance, it’s important that you manage your tire alignment. All car owners should know a bit about why this process is necessary and how to notice if their alignment is off, so they can bring their vehicle in for repairs if needed. Below, Kalispell Alignment & Auto Repair Inc., in Kalispell, MT, shares four questions they are frequently asked about the subject to help you get started.
Tire Alignment FAQ
1. What Is Wheel Alignment?
Your wheels are all attached to axles that keep them going in the same direction. If the wheels are not all attached at the same angle, your car will not move as efficiently as possible.
2. How Do Wheels Become Misaligned?
You may not notice that your tires are misaligned. The change can be subtle and caused by normal wear and tear. Or, your wheels may become misaligned due to an accident that causes trauma to the wheels or axles.
3. How Often Should I Assess My Tire Alignment?
Most mechanics will check your tire alignment twice a year during your regular oil changes. However, you should schedule an extra appointment if you hit a curb, run over an animal or piece of debris, or get into an accident. If you feel your car pulling or turning to one side, this is another sign that it’s time to have your tires checked.
4. How Will Misalignment Affect My Car?
You can feel tire misalignment if your steering wheel is pointing in one direction when the car is pointed straight. You will also likely feel as if the car wants you to go to one side or the other. When misaligned, your tires will wear unevenly and your vehicle is not as safe to drive as when the axles and wheels are properly lined up.
If you’re unsure if a recent event or normal driving may have affected your car tire alignment, it’s a good idea to bring it to a mechanic for a checkup. They’ll give the vehicle a once-over and inspect the undercarriage to ensure that it’s safe for you to drive. To set up an appointment with Kalispell Alignment & Auto Repair Inc., call (406) 755-0234. Visit their website for information on their experienced team of mechanics who provide repairs on brakes, shocks and struts, engines, transmissions, and tire alignment