Proper wheel alignment ensures your car will drive more smoothly and your tires will last longer. You can also save on fuel when your wheels are all positioned correctly for driving. The reason being that your vehicle will require less energy to keep moving, and your tires will wear evenly and have better traction.
Your car may need a wheel alignment for a whole host of reasons. If your daily route requires you to drive on poorly maintained roads, or you hit a large pothole or a curb, your alignment can be negatively impacted. Even though it may not seem like a big deal and you may not notice much difference when it happens, the small misalignment issue caused by these everyday occurrences can cause your tires to wear unevenly over time.
Some signs that your wheel alignment may be off are:
- Your vehicle pulling to the right or left
- Your steering wheel is vibrating more than normal
- Your steering wheel is not centered when driving straight
- Uneven wearing of your tire treads
A good rule of thumb is to have your alignment checked whenever you take your car into the auto repair shop to rotate your tires, about every 6,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle owner’s manual. The Auto Stoppe offers free alignment checks, and we would be happy to inspect your car any time you need.
The Auto Stoppe is a local, family-owned and operated business serving the greater Austin area since 1980. We’re a full-service, auto repair shop providing exceptional service on both domestic and foreign vehicles.