Protect your investment in
your vehicle by keeping your wheels properly aligned. If you
bump a curb or hit a pot hole hard, have the alignment checked.
If you have
new tires installed or worn suspension parts
replaced, be sure to have these repairs accompanied by a wheel
Why is a Wheel Alignment
It’s no surprise that your vehicle will drive better during rush
hour, weekend cruising, or in daily stop-n-go traffic if all the wheels are pointed in the same
direction. That’s called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may
notice that your car pulls to one side or the other.
Something that you won’t notice right
away, but you will if you keep driving around town when
you’re out of alignment, is that your tires are
wearing unevenly and fairly quickly. That’s because when the
vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back
straight. The outside of the tire just wears out fast because
you’re constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a
road trip – fighting to keep the vehicle
going straight down the road.
Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of
alignment are slamming into a pothole, smacking a curb or something like a rock. And it
doesn’t have to be a big shock, it can just be the regular bumps
and bangs of daily driving that add up and eventually take your
vehicle out of alignment. That’s why one of our advisors
suggest having your alignment checked periodically.
With an alignment service, we measure each wheel’s alignment
and to see where they are relative to factory specifications.
While we have the vehicle on the alignment rack, we inspect the
tires for wear as well as the suspension and steering components
for damage or wear – things that can contribute to
alignment problems. With some sedans you can adjust all
four wheels so we bring all wheels into alignment. On those
vehicles where you can only adjust the front wheels, we bring the
front into alignment relative to the rear.
Cost varies by whether or not it’s two or
four wheel adjustable. Four-wheel drive vehicles may have an
additional charge because they’re more difficult to align. At any
rate, it’s cheaper than having to replace tires every few months.
Scheduled Wheel Alignment at
Xpertech Auto Repair Inc.
A NAPA SERVICE ASSISTANT ARTICLE
Englewood Florida drivers need to be concerned about wheel
alignments for two primary reasons: safety and money. When your
wheels are out of alignment, they can pull to one side, maybe
pretty hard. A moment of inattention could put you into
on-coming traffic on a busy street in Sarasota or completely off
the road. And a bad alignment will chew up your tires very
We had one guy in our Englewood FL. auto service center who said
his wheels were a little out of alignment before a family
vacation, but he didn't think it was that bad. So he didn't take
care of it before he left. A couple of long days of highway
driving and his front tires were worn down to the cords. He had
to take a half day out of his mountain vacation to find a rural
town in Florida big enough to have a tire center for
All four wheels are supposed to be lined up and point in the
same direction. Sometimes one or more goes out of alignment and
is pulling against the rest of the team. In addition to
excessive tire wear, this also hurts fuel economy.
Part of the alignment service at Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. is an
inspection of the steering and suspension components. Whatever
caused the wheels to be knocked out of alignment in the first
place may have also damaged important parts. So we want to be
sure to replace broken or bent parts as needed. The process
corrects alignment of each wheel along three axes (toe, camber
and caster) as well as front to rear alignment.
Your owner's manual may have a recommendation for how often
alignment should be checked. If not, ask your friendly and
knowledgeable Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. service advisor. Here
are some things that should tell Englewood drivers that they
need an alignment check right away:
Your vehicle is pulling to one side, your steering wheel isn't
centered, you feel a vibration at speed or you see unusual tire
Give us a call.
Xpertech Auto Repair Inc.
101 N McCall Rd., Englewood, Florida 34223