How Often Should I Get My Alignment Checked?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips & Tricks on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at 3:19 pm
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How to Tell When Your Tire Alignment is Off

When it comes to the life of our tires, there are many factors that can speed up the wear and tear process. The last thing we need is an uneven tread on our expensive tires. One way to extend the life of your tires is to have an alignment done. This blog will cover how often your alignment should be checked and how you can tell if your alignment is off.

Is My Tire Alignment Off?

The most obvious way to tell if your alignment is off is through your steering. When traveling in a straight line, you should not be tilting the wheel. The wheel should be held lightly and not be leaning one way or the other. You may also notice your vehicle is pulling to the left or right while driving. This is more noticeable when traveling at faster speeds. If you listen, your tires may be making a squealing noise. Lastly, the wear on your tires is uneven and is happening rapidly.

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When Do I Have My Check My Alignment?

A tire alignment being performed on a tire

You should have your alignment checked if your car is experiencing any of the indicators above. Most mechanics recommend the tire alignment is checked every two to three years. For a more specific timeline, most manufacturers will include information on tire alignments in their owner’s manual. A tire alignment should also be completed after you receive new tires.

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Why Should I have a Tire Alignment?

Some people may disregard tire alignments because they think they can deal with the negatives that come with a bad alignment. This should not be your mindset. It is important to have a tire alignment for a number of reasons. First, you will have the proper angle on the road. You will have better control of the wheel, since it is angled with the wheels and the wheels are no longer pulling to one side. The best part is the gas mileage will get better, your ride will be smoother, and the life of your tires is extended.

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