Why Wheel Alignment is Important
When it comes to general car maintenance, seldom do people think about their wheel alignment. For those that don’t know, your car’s wheel alignment is responsible for keeping your vehicle’s suspension working properly. In order for that to happen, a technician needs to adjust the angle of your tires so it contacts the road in a way that benefits your vehicle’s suspension. If left unattended, drivers can experience lower fuel economy and have their tires wear out a lot quicker than they’d like.
If you find your vehicle has misaligned tires, then you need to visit Star Automotive in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. We have a team of ASE Certified professionals that are ready to help your car get realigned so you can get the most from your vehicle!
Do You Need a Wheel Alignment?
So, what causes your tires to get knocked off alignment? Well, it normally occurs when a car runs over a curb or pothole. What’s frustrating about this is that there won’t be clear, visible signs of misalignment when you check your tires. Drivers will typically notice something wrong when they drive, and that could cause additional damage to your vehicle. Fortunately, there are a few signs that owners can look for when assessing wheel misalignment. By being proactive, you can help extend the life of your vehicle and avoid that expensive repair bill!
Uneven Tire Wear
You want to make sure that your front two and back two tires have the same wear patterns. If they don’t, that means your vehicle is suffering from wheel misalignment. You can also ask your Star Automotive technician to check the tread of your tires as they’ll also provide an indication of misalignment.
Whether you feel a slight or severe pull, pulling is a clear indicator of misaligned tires. To test this, go out into an empty parking lot and while driving slowly, release the wheel. If you see that your car is drifting to one side, that means your vehicle is pulling.
Make sure to check your tires PSI levels as well, as this is another culprit for pulling!
If you feel your steering wheel vibrate, that can be a cause for wheel misalignment. The vibrations come from when your tires are pulling in the opposite direction of each other. These vibrations can get really bad if the driver is moving at a high speed!
Keep in mind that wheel vibrations can also be caused by an unbalanced tire. Make sure to ask your Star Automotive technician for a clear indication of what’s happening with your vehicle!
Schedule an Appointment With Us!
If you feel like you need your tires realigned, then make sure to call the wheel alignment professionals at Star Automotive in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Our team of ASE Certified technicians will be able to adjust your tires so you can drive safely and get the most out of your vehicle! Give us a call at (504) 368-1220 and schedule an appointment with us today! Just hit a pothole and need immediate service? We got you covered. Visit our shop at 108 Lauren Drive! We happily accept walk-ins!*
*Wait times will vary based on schedule