How long it has been since you got a wheel alignment? Let’s be simple and straightforward, if you feel that your car is drifting on one side and you have to quickly turn the steering wheel away from its center position, then it is a warning signal that you must get a wheel alignment ASAP.
Although it may seem a very unusual task and is often overlooked by many drivers but have you ever considered the consequences of it? Other than just ruining your romantic journey on your favorite road, it can even result in a horrible accident. Not only that, it also damages the tires and results in wear and tear on the road, adding up on your expenses.
How an Improper Wheel Alignment Occurs?
Normally, when you hit a curb, strike an object on the road or drive over a pothole, it knocks the wheel out of alignment. Though it happens accidentally but you must get them aligned in the least time possible.
As a result of this, your vehicle will become off-centre, you’ll feel more difficulty in steering your car, vibration and rumbling while driving on a smooth road.
Effects of Improper Wheel Alignment
You’ll start noticing uneven wears on the tires if the wheel isn’t aligned soon. At first, there will be a premature wear that will result sooner or later in a complete tire damage.
Other than that, it puts an unusual stress on vehicle’s suspension that damages the components resulting in an accident. Also, you have to keep a very strong grip on the steering wheel. Your car can easily go out of control on a highway with poorly aligned wheels.
Worst left, it puts causes your vehicle to consume more fuel and damage the engine parts because of the extra stress.
How Often Should You Get an Alignment?
It depends on your vehicle’s performance. If the car is rolling smooth and straight as an arrow, it means you do not need any alignment.
However, it is always a good idea to have them checked from an auto-shop for alignment. You can also check it manually when your tires are rotating.
Most importantly, also get your wheel’s alignment check when you buy new tires. Don’t drive immediately, else they’ll wear too early.
How Much Wheel Alignment Costs?
On average, it costs somewhere between $60 to $100 but can be more for luxury vehicles. Also, keep a regular check on tire pressure. It has been see that majority of the vehicles, with improper wheel alignment have low tire pressure.
Check for uneven wear on the tires, normally a tread worn off along the edge of the tire.
Majority of the vehicles require only front wheel alignment but some models require a four-wheel service.
Once the wheels are properly aligned, you’ll feel a smoothness in its motion and the ease of steering it.
Before concluding, I would say that being a car enthusiast, I’ve experienced such issues, even though I was lucky enough to be safe from any accidents but I care a lot about you. It’s not just a car’s maintenance but a matter that can save many lives.
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