Everything You Need to Know About Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment serves two purposes. First, it makes it easier for you to control your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. Second, it extends the life of your tires by ensuring the tire tread meets the road evenly. Your wheels are aligned from side to side and from top to bottom. Urb’s Garage can align your wheels when they need it. We are going to talk about wheel alignment in this blog post so you have everything that you need to know under your belt.

How Often Should I Get My Wheels Aligned?

Generally, your wheels don’t need to be aligned that often. Usually, every one to two years is all that is needed to keep the wheels aligned. You want to make sure that you get your wheels aligned annually or every two years at a maximum, and you also want to have them aligned when you have a new set of tires installed. The only other time that you need to get your wheels aligned is if you knock them out of alignment yourself, which can be easier to do than you might think.

How Do I Knock My Wheels Out of Alignment?

Any type of impact on your wheels can knock them out of alignment. This includes getting into an automobile accident or running into a curb as you drive around it. If you have a bad habit of hitting curbs, you can easily knock the wheels that make contact with the curbs out of alignment. Other ways to knock your wheels out of alignment include

  • Driving over bumps too fast
  • Driving over speed bumps too fast
  • Running into parking space markers
  • Flying through potholes
  • Driving over road debris

It’s important that you take it easy when you are behind the wheel; otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your automobile including knocking the wheels out of alignment. Avoid road hazards when you can, and if you can’t, drive over them as slowly as possible.

How Can I Tell That My Wheels Are Out of Alignment?

Your automobile will give you signs that the wheels are out of alignment while you are driving it and when you are parked. For example, if you constantly have to correct your steering when you are trying to drive straight, the pulling is being caused by misaligned wheels. If your steering wheel logo is off-center when your wheels are straight, your wheels are not aligned.

Call Urb’s Garage in Burlington or Erlanger, KY, today if you suspect that your wheels are out of alignment. We will check the alignment and make any necessary adjustments.

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