Why You Can’t Afford to Skip Four-Wheel Alignment in Your Car Maintenance Routine

A wheel alignment being performed.

We often tick off the regular oil changes and brake checks when it comes to car maintenance. An often overlooked but essential aspect of vehicle maintenance is ensuring proper four-wheel alignment. It’s not just about keeping your car straight on the road; it’s the cornerstone of a smooth, efficient, and safe driving experience. 

Save Money, Save Tires

Think about the last time you had to replace your tires. It wasn’t cheap, right? Misaligned wheels could be the culprit behind your tires wearing down unevenly and prematurely. By ensuring proper alignment, you’re not just extending your tires’ lifespan; you’re keeping your hard-earned money in your pocket where it belongs. 

Boost Your Fuel Efficiency

It’s no secret that the price at the pump can make you wince. If your car’s wheels are out of sync, they’re creating more resistance against the road. More resistance means your car uses more fuel to keep up. Proper alignment cuts down this resistance, making your car more fuel-efficient and your wallet a little heavier. 

Elevate Your Safety Game

A car that’s pulling to one side is more than an annoyance—it’s a hazard. This misalignment can challenge your control over the vehicle, especially in bad weather. Regular alignment checks ensure your car handles as it should, keeping you and your loved ones safer on the road. 

Avoid Unnecessary Repairs

Misalignment puts additional stress on your car’s suspension and steering components. This undue stress can lead to early wear and tear, forcing you into repairs that could have been avoided. Keeping your wheels aligned helps ensure these components last as long as they’re supposed to. 

So, When Should You Check Your Alignment?

The rule of thumb is at least once a year or after any jarring event like hitting a pothole or curb. If your car shows signs of misalignment—uneven tire wear, pulling to one side, an off-center steering wheel when driving straight —bring it in sooner rather than later. 

Graphic comparing properly and improperly aligned wheels.

Regular alignment checks might seem like just another line item on your vehicle maintenance list, but they’re key to keeping your car performing its best. From saving on tire replacements and fuel to ensuring your drive is safe and smooth, the benefits are undeniable. If you have any additional questions or if you’re noticing signs that your vehicle might need an alignment check, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our service advisors. 

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