Wheel Alignment Services

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 by sara

How do you know if you need a wheel alignment?

A wheel alignment adjustment may be necessary if the vehicle pulls to the right or the left when the steering wheel is in straight ahead position. Another indicator of the need for an alignment check is if tires are wearing unevenly or you’ve hit something on the road.

As a rule, every vehicle should have an alignment done every 12 months, or every 10,000 miles. Your vehicle’s suspension is made of a number of sophisticated components and systems that all need to be in perfect alignment and working together. Bad roads and normal wear from driving can throw your suspension out of alignment over time and cause excessive tire wear and other problems. One way to make sure your suspension stays in good working order is to make sure your tires are aligned correctly.

Wheel alignments and rotation services are critical to the extended wear of your tires and fuel savings. To get the most out of your tires, the two most important things you can do are keep them properly inflated and get your alignment checked at least once a year.

To put it in perspective tires that are under-inflated by 20% can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 10% and reduce tread life by up to 15%. If your vehicle isn’t properly aligned, your fuel economy could be reduced by up to an additional 5%. It all adds up… up to 15% less mileage out of each gallon of gas you put in your car, and the cost to replace tires that wear out long before they should.

Collisions with potholes, objects in the road, and curbs can knock your vehicle out of alignment. Vehicles with modified suspensions are particullar sensitive.  It is essential to make sure that your frame is straight and that any misalignment of your vehicle is corrected.

How Fox & Fox can help:

Fox & Fox’s technicians will perform a state-of-the-art computerized alignments using Hunter alignment equipment. We are able to do standard two and four wheel alignments as well as specialty alignments to modified suspensions, work truck alignments and more! We are also able to do cradle adjustments, camber corrections and caster corrections in house- Allowing you to get even greater life from your tires.