Wheel Aligment | Auto Repair & Maintenance
When your wheels are aligned, your car handles better. Wheel alignment from ACA Automotive & Tires Service Center means long lasting, optimal performance. Our technicians know how to keep your car running straight and smooth.
How do I know if my car is out of alignment? An alignment refers to the adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension. Your suspension points your vehicle’s tires straight down the road when it is properly aligned. When your suspension goes out of alignment, it causes irregular tire wear and steering inconsistences. Although it is commonly referred to as a wheel alignment, the result can effect multiple points on your vehicle.
Tire Rotation Basics
Routine tire rotations are an important part of tire maintenance. Tires that are not rotated on a regular basis tend to develop uneven or irregular wear patterns and can lead to premature tire wear, tire noise, ride disturbances and can even void manufacturer warranties.
A variety of factors can cause your vehicle to go out of alignment, most commonly impacts with potholes, brushing up against curbs or other objects. Each of these jarring blows shakes your suspension, causing it to stray from its ideal alignment settings. But, you don’t neccessarily have to bump into something, your vehicle can naturally go out of alignment over time. Normal wear and tear causes rubber suspension components to crack, ball and socket joints to loosen, and the build-up of thousands of small impacts can eventually effect your vehicle’s ideal alignment settings.
What else might cause your vehicle to be out of alignment? In many other cases, worn suspension parts also cause alignment problems. Worn springs can slightly lower your ride height, altering your vehicle’s geometry and creating misalignment. Weak springs contribute to uneven tire wear, sometimes referred to as “cupping”. Worn ball joints can commonly cause erratic handling, slow steering response and irregular tire wear. Finally, worn tire rods allow the tires to wander left to right. This unwanted motion changes the tire’s ideal angle, and causes irregular tire wear as the vehicle rolls down the road.
If you notice your vehicle pulling to the left or right, you detect irregular tire wear, or if the steering wheel is off center when driving straight, you should have your vehicle inspected for possible alignment concerns. Alignment issues that go uncorrected will cause tires to wear down and need to be replaced prematurely.