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How Do I Know If My Wheels Are Out Of Alignment?

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How Do I Know If My Wheels Are Out Of Alignment?

Having properly aligned wheels is critical to the performance and safety of your vehicle, as well as the lifespan of your tires – and we all know that having to buy new tires is not exactly enjoyable (especially for our wallets).

To help you get the most out of your tires, and keep your vehicle performing it's best, it's important for you to be able to recognize when your wheels are out of alignment – and luckily for you we are here to tell you just how easy it is.


Indicators

It doesn't take a professionally trained mechanic to recognize if a vehicle's wheels are out of alignment. In fact, even someone who considers themselves mechanically illiterate should easily be able to tell if their alignment is off, just by looking for these obvious signs:

●The first sign is a test you can do to check your wheel alignment – try to let go of the steering wheel when driving on a straight, flat, and traffic free road (safety first, everyone!). If your vehicle continues on straight, your wheels are just fine. If, however, you notice your vehicle pulling (either slowly or sharply) to the right or the left, your wheels are more than likely out of alignment.

●The second sign to watch for is uneven wear and tear on your tires' threads. If your wheels are properly aligned, the threads should be wearing down evenly. If you notice exaggerated wear on a certain edge of the tires, and less on the other, this could also indicate that your wheels are out of alignment.


What To Do

The best thing to do if you have noticed either of the above two indicators, such as a pull or unevenly worn down tires, your best option is to take your car in for a check up and then, if necessary, a wheel alignment.

Wheel alignments are a quick and easy service offered at your local mechanic shop. In fact, most mechanics recommend you have your wheels realigned annually – which your local shop would be happy to help you with.

While it may cost you a few dollars out of pocket today to have your alignment remedied, it will more than save you in the long run.

A simple alignment is a lot lighter on the wallet than a new set of tires – do yourself (and your bank account) a favour and check your alignment today.

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