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What Every Car Owner Should Know About Proper Wheel Alignment

Last updated 5 years ago

Did you know that getting a wheel alignment on a routine basis improves your car’s ride quality and safety and can even save you money? Find out more about wheel alignment and the dangers of misaligned wheels to understand why you should go to a car repair shop for a wheel alignment service regularly.

Wheel Alignment: The Basics

Wheel alignment is a realignment of the car’s suspension. When you take your car into a car repair shop, the mechanics will adjust your car’s suspension—including the caster, camber, ride height, and toe—to their factory-recommended settings. This results in properly aligned wheels.

Common Reasons Wheels Fall Out of Alignment

It’s actually quite easy for a car to fall out of alignment. Driving over a pothole, hitting a curb, or going over a speed bump can knock your car’s suspension out of alignment. Even a minor bender collision can cause a serious disruption in the factory-set specifications of your car’s suspension.

How Misalignment Impacts Driving Performance

Misaligned wheels affect ride safety, reducing your car’s ability to respond appropriately in an emergency situation. It also affects comfort and performance since your car’s suspension is not able to deliver optimal handling. Because your car will not be aligned properly with the road, resistance will increase as you drive, which decreases fuel economy.

How Misaligned Wheels Affect Tire Life

Another big effect that improper wheel alignment has is decreased tire life. Tires are already an expensive investment that must be made regularly. Save yourself the hassle and money of having to replace your tires more frequently by heading to a car repair shop for a wheel alignment service.

If you’re looking for high-quality wheel alignment in Scottsdale, come by Greulich’s Automotive Service & Collision. Call us at (480) 389-2358 for more information about wheel alignment and visit our website to see our full list of locations and to find out why our AAA-approved shop offers the best car repair and maintenance in the valley.


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