About Wheel Alignments
Wheel alignments are a standard part of your vehicle's maintenance. A wheel alignment is the process of adjusting the angles on your vehicle's wheels to ensure they are aligned to specification. When your vehicle's wheels are "aligned," you will experience a smoother ride, less vibrations, reduced wear on your tires, and even better mileage!When you need expert advice, you can count on the team at Integra Tire Atikokan to get your vehicle up and running in tip-top shape.
Why Alignments are Critical
We briefly mentioned some of the benefits of alignments but did you know that when your vehicle's wheels are out of alignment, it could cause expensive repairs to your overall suspension? When you need an alignment, your vehicle may be pulling in one direction; to correct for this, you will likely be pulling your steering slightly in the opposite direction - this constant tension will prematurely wear your steering components and cause them to fail. Secondly, a vehicle in need of an alignment may "shimmy" as you attempt to travel straight. Although this may or may not be noticeable in your vehicle's cabin, it will be a constant stress on your axles, ball joints, and other suspension components.
Abnormalities in your vehicle’s steering wheel and tires are the key indicators of needing a wheel alignment. If you start to notice your steering wheel is not centered or if you see irregular wear on the tire treads (less tread on the shoulder of the tires, a feathered edge across the face of the tire, your vehicle pulling to one direction) and your tire pressures are set correctly, your wheel alignment may be out of adjustment or you may have worn steering/suspension component(s). Wheel alignment services are more advanced in today’s new vehicles. These technologically advanced vehicles have sensors and features, such as lane departure, adaptive cruise control, and sensors that may require re-calibrations after a wheel alignment is performed. It is recommended to have your vehicle’s wheel alignment checked once a year. See your local Integra Tire for a wheel alignment check.
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