Tire Alignment for the Long-Term Health of your VehicleApril 19, 2021
When I first started driving, I’m pretty sure the only reason I avoided potholes was so my head didn’t bounce around during the ‘ups and downs’. Who knew that by driving around those potholes, I was preserving my car’s tire alignment and suspension system too?
Bumpy roads, ahem curbs, and potholes are the nemesis of your vehicle’s tire alignment. Over time, driving without concern for these bounces can have a big impact on your tires’ alignment, which in turn can mean your tires will not wear evenly. Come in to check your tire alignment once a year; it is a small service fee that extends the life of your valuable tires and the overall health of your vehicle’s body.
Tire alignment is essential for the long-term health of your vehicle’s body in the same way your foot alignment is vital for the long-term health of your physical body.
If you walk all day long, every day, on an uneven surface, the soles of your shoes will eventually wear more on one edge than another. Over time, it will change how your ankle joints and your knee joints align to your body’s core.
Similar to the way the stability of your feet keeps your body more robust, the balance and smooth movement of your tires can extend the life of your car’s chassis and the suspension that stabilizes it.
Tire alignment makes your tires last longer, and their balance makes for a steadier drive, decreasing your car’s fuel expenditure.
If your steering wheel is pulling slightly to the left or right, the vehicle is likely misaligned. Take your hands off the wheel briefly while driving on a flat section of the street to see if it is going straight.
A vehicle’s suspension, the shock absorbers or struts with springs, has to keep the car’s body, (the chassis) constantly balanced.Bumpy country road driving, hitting a pothole or cutting corners by driving over a curb, forces the shock absorbers and struts to ‘spring’ into action, (a little ‘suspension’ pun), over and over.
The long-term effects of wear on your vehicle’s suspension are an eventual dip down of the front-end during braking, a lowering of the rear end during acceleration and, even a bouncing while driving.
The more frequently the car engages in sudden falls or is forced to ascend quickly, the more regularly the suspension system must be involved.
The moral of the story is that little things do add up. Drive like your parents are watching you, avoid the ‘alignment and suspension’ headaches (another Hanford’s pun), and reward yourself with the money saved from not having to buy new tires. At Hanford’s Tire & Service, we are big on helping you understand the little ways of extending the life of your car or vehicle.
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