There are times when you’re on the road, and your car just doesn’t feel right. Maybe it’s pulling to one side, or there’s an unusual vibration when hitting certain speeds. If you haven’t had a wheel alignment in a while, there’s a good chance that the angles are off. Here at Century Automotive & Transmission, we feel it’s important to understand what goes into an alignment and what you may see if you need one.
Essentially, an alignment procedure ensures that your tires are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. These are fixed by adjusting a series of “angles” that control how each tire sits in relation to the car body and the road.
The easiest way to tell if you need an alignment is to look at the wear patterns on your treads. They should be uniform across all four tires without odd angles or flat patches. If you find your car isn’t driving the way it’s supposed to, and you know there’s nothing mechanically wrong, it’s a good idea to bring it to a qualified garage for a wheel alignment. Making sure your tires are all angled in the proper direction will keep you that much safer when the rubber hits the road!