If you are wondering why you have a funny vibration when you head down the road at different speeds or your car tends to pull to one side when you're driving. Chances are you need your tires balanced or a wheel alignment. Driving a vehicle the needs a wheel alignment isn't just unpleasant but it actually causes bigger issues with your vehicle if left too long. It also means it takes more effort to actually drive your vehicle, making those long roads trips more exhausting than normal. It also affects the performance of your car as well. A car that was once nice to drive but then becomes rough or not as responsive in the steering takes away the joy of the vehicle.
Wheel alignments do not last the life of your car. In fact, it can be dramatically changed from one day to the next by simply hitting a pot hole or bumping a curb. But for the most part, wheel alignment changes usually happen over time, but not a long period of time. You should have your alignment checked every 12-18 months as what often happens is the change in alignment is gradual and not necessarily noticed right away. So by the time you do notice something is wrong, you have created other problems and wear and tear on your tires and other suspension components.
Over the course of a year or so, components such as bushing become loose or weak which makes it more difficult to for your car's suspension to hold everything in the proper alignment. As time goes on, on even wear in these parts adds to the problem and creates a more dramatic alignment issue. If you don't have your alignment checked often enough you could not only need to pay the cost of the alignment check and adjustments, but also feel the hit of having to replace tires and other expensive suspension parts prematurely.
Your vehicle is being driven often every day and every time you take your car out, the moving parts that keep the tire on the road is experience wear. So think about what is going on under your car. Your steering system is being used and slowly wearing as you turn and maneuver your car. Every time you hit a bump or rolling down roads that aren't perfectly smooth - which there are no roads anywhere that meet that criteria - your suspension is slowly wearing front and back. Every time you push the brakes you not only engage your braking mechanisms but your suspension system is being activated as your car slows down and it absorbs impact, pick or small. These are just a few areas that are affected by everyday driving.g.
Unbalanced tires cause road vibration, which leads to driver fatigue, premature tire wear, and unnecessary wear to your vehicle's suspension. Not to mention, just a plain poor driving experience for everyone in your car or truck. Tires should be balanced when they are mounted on wheels for the first time or when they are mounted after a repair. Visit us at Heritage Autopro to have your tires rebalanced at the first sign of a vibration or shimmy as well as once a year or every 20,000 km. Proper alignment is necessary for even tread wear and precise steering. Uneven front or rear tire wear, or changes in your vehicle's handling or steering can indicate misalignment.
Proper tire balance and alignment is important as it reduces tire wear, increases the longevity of the tire, makes driving safer, and enhances vehicle performance.
Ensuring your wheel alignment is where is should be is an even greater factor when it comes to preventing premature wear on your tires, suspension parts such as struts and shocks as well as all parts in between. It also means your steering system is working properly and not wearing out quicker the necessary, which of course is a major safety issue.
Heritage Autopro provides full tire balancing and wheel alignment services. We can ensure that your vehicle is properly aligned, meaning all suspension and steering components are operating correctly, and tire and wheel assemblies are sound. Experience a higher level of performance, a longer tire life, and a safer ride with balanced tires and aligned wheels.