The primary purpose of wheel alignments are to make sure your tires are parallel to each other and flat on the ground while driving. This allows the tires to wear evenly and the vehicle to drive straight. Depending on your vehicle it may need a two wheel or four wheel alignment. Two wheel alignments are for vehicles that can only have the front wheels adjusted. Four wheel alignments are for vehicles that can have all four wheels adjusted.
We are often asked how often a customer’s vehicle should have a wheel alignment. While it is a good idea to get the alignment checked yearly, there are signs to look for that you may need an alignment very soon. The most common sign is that the vehicle noticeably pulls left or right when driving down the road. While this can be annoying, it can also get expensive because the tires may begin to wear unevenly, wearing out the inside or outside edge of the tire. If this happens you may have to replace tires much sooner than normal. In fact we have had customers who have had to replace tires with less than 5,000 miles on them because the vehicle was so out of alignment that the tires were prematurely worn out.
Periodically looking at the tires for uneven wear is important. Especially note if the inside or outside edge of any tire is wearing more quickly than the rest of the tire. You or your service station should check the tires for wear at least every oil change. The tires should also be rotated every 5,000-7,500 miles to maximize tire life.
Wayne’s Automotive purchased a new Hunter Alignment Machine last year. This state-of-the-art machine can align any vehicle that will fit on our rack. This includes all cars, light trucks, and some smaller motor homes.