The average automobile will see over 200,000 miles in its lifetime. It will drive on some bumpy roads thousands of times, hit hundreds of potholes, and cross over far too many speed bumps. The average car will probably take trips down gravel roads and hop over several curbs. The tires will have to be inspected on a regular basis to help ensure they are in the best condition possible.
The tires should be checked for the proper amount of air pressure. This can help them to rotate at top performance levels and for the vehicle to run efficiently. The tread on the tires should also be inspected. If you notice that the tread is wearing unevenly, it could mean that the tires are not aligned properly. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires and alignment for you. We can also recommend what the best solution for the tires can be. A typical set of tires will last between 50,000 and 75,000 miles before needing to be replaced. Always make sure to inspect the tires so they are in the best condition possible.
A tire alignment makes sure the tires on your vehicle are sitting at the proper angle on your car. Even a small deviation from the vehicle specifications can cause significant performance issues with your vehicle. There are two types of tire alignments: a thrust alignment, which adjusts the angle of the front wheels to match that of the rear wheels; and a four wheel alignment, which adjusts the angle on all four wheels to match the published specifications for that vehicle.
The most common symptom of a poor alignment is usually uneven tire wear. When left uncorrected, half of the tire will wear down much quicker than the other half. This can be very dangerous if it happens on the inside half of the tire, where the driver cannot see it. Additionally, improper alignment can cause more stress on the shocks and struts of your vehicle, requiring early replacement of these parts. If you notice an odd feel when driving the vehicle, make sure to bring it in and we can inspect the tires for you.
There are several warning signs that you may need an alignment. First, look for signs of uneven wear. This is easy to do when checking your tire pressure, which you should do periodically. Make sure you turn your wheel so you can see the full tread and inspect the tires closely. If one side looks more worn-down than the other, you may need an alignment. Another sign of improper alignment is steering drift. Release the steering wheel on a flat and level road; if your vehicle noticeably drifts to one direction consistently, you have steering drift. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us, so we can inspect the vehicle for you.