Collision 24 would like to welcome drivers from Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton to our crash course in wheel alignment 101. You’ve probably heard this term before in the course of having work done on your vehicle, but what exactly is wheel alignment and is it really something you should be worried about?
This post will answer those questions and more, and if you would like additional information or need tire services in Brockton, you can always call or visit our friendly staff at Collision 24.
First Things First: What’s Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment, as you may have guessed, refers to the angle of each wheel on a vehicle. Typically every wheel should be properly aligned to match manufacturer specifications to provide a truly straight drive.
Your vehicle’s alignment is largely based on its suspension system, which includes a number of springs and intricate parts that position and balance the vehicle.
There are some instances when wheel alignment is purposely altered, but that’s usually only for racecars. By making sure your wheels are perpendicular to the road and parallel to one another, you can greatly improve your driving experience.
My Wheels Aren’t Aligned, So What?
When the wheels on your vehicle aren’t properly aligned, it can problems ranging from minor inconveniences to major safety concerns.
When wheels are misaligned, it can cause undue friction on the tires. This extra resistance forces the engine to work harder, which in turn uses up more fuel. The friction can also wear tires at a faster rate and unevenly.
Driving on even tires is extremely dangerous and can result traction or control issues. Improper wheel alignment can also cause the vehicle to pull to one side or lead to uneven braking and other braking-related problems.
But How Did My Wheels Become Misaligned in the First Place?
Several factors can cause your vehicle’s wheels to become unaligned. The most common is driving on poorly maintained, uneven roads. Potholes especially are your wheel alignment’s worst nightmare.
No Big Deal. I’ll Just Realign the Wheels Myself
Because of the sophisticated equipment and technical experience needed to check and repair wheel alignment, you won’t be able to do it at home—unless of course you happen to own a hydraulic lift, an alignment machine, and a few dozen automotive certifications. Wheel alignment is a precise, complex process and should only be done by a trained automotive professional.
But Who Can I Trust to Correctly Service My Vehicle?
Our team at Collision 24 has been servicing the vehicles of Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton for years by using quality parts and industry-leading equipment. With our state-of-the-art service facility and expert staff on hand, we can do a whole lot more than wheel alignments, too.
So if you suspect there may be a problem with your vehicle’s wheel alignment or for any other automotive-related troubles, call or visit us today at Collision 24. We’ll be able to determine what’s causing the problem and service your vehicle quickly and professionally.