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How do I tell when my vehicle needs a tire alignment?

No matter what vehicle you are driving, chances are you’ll need to take it in for wheel alignment at some point. Check out these tips and tricks on how to tell when your vehicle needs a tire alignment.

When to get your tires aligned

Close up of tire clamped in auto shopSince there aren’t any warning lights that tell you when you need to get your wheels aligned, you’ll have to use the old-fashioned way of paying attention to your vehicle, and taking it in for regular maintenance.

If you notice your car pulling to either the right or left, there are a few things that you may need to check out on your vehicle. The first, and simplest fix, is to check the air pressure in your tires. One or two tires could be lower than the others.

If this isn’t helping, or if your tires all have the same tire pressure, you may need to change the alignment in your vehicle. You should do this fairly often anyway, as it very well could be the reason your vehicle is pulling to the side.

Another thing to check is the wear and tear on your tires. If you notice a couple tires that are more worn than the others, you’ll probably need to change the alignment as well. Dry checking on how much weight you are carrying around in your vehicle. If the trunk is filled with heavy items, it can make the rear tires to wear out faster than the front wheels.

Be kind to your car. One of the best ways to prevent wear and tear on your tires is to refrain from breaking and accelerating aggressively. Of course, we know that sometimes you need to break quickly for unexpected obstacles, but try to keep from doing so often.

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How often should I get my tires rotated?

We’d recommend getting your tires rotated either every or every other oil change. This also helps you save a bit of gas money, if you get your tires rotated when you have an oil change, instead of constantly running back and forth to the auto shop if you don’t schedule them at the same time.

Have any questions about your vehicle maintenance? Feel free to contact us here at Dan Cava’s Auto World. We would be happy to help you out!