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WHAT IS A WHEEL ALIGNMENT?
January 20, 2016     

Alignment, also known as wheel alignment or tire alignment, is a very important part of maintenance to your vehicle.  Keeping your car in alignment can help your tires last much longer, improve the handling of your vehicle, increase your MPG's, and extend the life of  other parts of the suspension of the vehicle.  

Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle's suspension - which is the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels.  Most people think that the wheels are adjusted, but the truth is that parts of the suspension are adjusted to allow the angle of the tires to properly make contact with the road.  

It is recommended that you have your alignment checked at least once per year or sooner depending on your driving habits and the conditions that you drive in--and always after or right before you purchase new tires.  
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DO I NEED A WHEEL ALIGNMENT?
January 26, 2016 
   
ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS:  
Did you just get new tires?  If so, then you definitely need an alignment to help prevent premature tire wear.  
Do I feel my vehicle pulling to the left or right? Indicates that your vehicle needs an alignment.  
Is your steering wheel off center when you are driving straight?  Another good indication that an alignment is needed.
Do you feel a vibration in you steering wheel? Probably need an alignment.

Answering YES to any of these questions indicate that you should at least get the alignment on your vehicle checked.  
If you have hit pot holes, and who hasn't in the roads around this town, run over a curb, or hit one of those concrete parking barricades, you might want to consider getting the alignment checked.  At a minimum, you should have your alignment checked yearly.  It could save you money in the long haul.  

A seemingly misaligned vehicle can be pointing to other issues you may be unaware of such as worn bearings, ball joints, or other suspension parts, some of which could be dangerous.  

One thing to keep in mind before rushing to get your vehicle aligned,  if you feel it pulling to the left or right, check your tire pressure first.  Underinflated tires can also cause the vehicle to pull to one side.