Want to get better mileage from your car? Check that your tires are properly inflated and that your wheels are properly aligned. Poor wheel alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and can result in poor control of your car when you’re driving in Vancouver’s wet and icy conditions. At Minit-Tune Brake & Auto Centres across Vancouver, BC and Alberta, we use the most up-to-date equipment to correct your wheel alignment – saving you money on fuel and expensive tire replacements, as well as costly steering and suspension repairs.
Signs You Need Wheel Alignment
- Check your tires. Does the wear on one tire show a different pattern than the tire on the opposite side? Wheel alignment should be done with tire rotation to extend the life of your tires and protect the tires’ warranty.
- Does your vehicle shudder or vibrate? Poor wheel alignment may be causing the wheels to pull in different directions causing a rough ride.
- Do you need to constantly correct the car’s tendency to drift to one side? If your car is pulling to one side, and you have to wrestle the steering wheel to correct it, or if your steering wheel has to be held to one side to drive straight, the wheels are in need of alignment.
Poor wheel alignment affects your fuel efficiency and can cause undue wear on other components of your steering and suspension system. Have your wheels aligned at your neighbourhood Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres facility – and enjoy the savings at the gas pump!
Contrary to popular belief, wheel balancing and alignment are two completely different things. Wheel alignment consists of adjusting wheel angles to ensure they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Wheel balancing, on the other hand, ensures that tires spin evenly, reducing awkward vibrations that could damage and reduce the lifespan of your tires’ rubber tread.
Yes, your alignment is the likely cause. Other symptoms would also be that your car is pulling or drifting away from straight-line driving on level roads and, upon further inspection, you’ll notice that your tires are wearing unevenly as well.
Absolutely. In terms of tire wear, you’ll notice a “cupped” wear pattern. However, the easiest way to spot a tire balance issue is vibration – you’ll feel vibration in your steering wheel, as well as in the seat or floorboard, at certain speeds.
This is definitely an alignment issue, and has nothing to do with the quality or brand of tires. You should bring your car in to the closest Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres location to have your wheels aligned. Tire tread, specifically uneven wear, says a lot about the condition of your alignment. For example, tire tread that is deeper on the edges than the centre indicates over-inflation, and tread that’s deeper in the middle than the edges indicates under-inflated tires. As a rule, keep a close eye on tire tread, and it will provide you with valuable information concerning the health of your tire balance and alignment.