A wheel alignment is when all wheels are pointed in the same direction. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other. It is no surprise that your vehicle will drive better in the Eureka area if your wheels are aligned properly.
You may notice your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly. This is because the vehicle is pulling to one side. When you have to steer it back straight, the outside of the tire wears faster because you're constantly turning. This can also be very exhausting on a long road trip – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road.
A few things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into a pothole, smacking a curb or something similar to a rock. It does not have to be a big shock and can be the regular bumps and bangs of daily driving. These can add up and eventually take your vehicle out of alignment. The Service Advisors at Old Town Automotive suggest having your alignment checked periodically.
With an alignment service at Old Town Automotive, we measure each wheel's alignment and check to see where they are relative to factory specifications. While we have the vehicle on the alignment rack, we inspect the tires for wear as well as the suspension and steering components for damage or wear. These things can contribute to alignment problems. Some vehicles can adjust all four wheels into alignment while other vehicles can only adjust the front wheels relative to the rear.
Cost can vary by whether or not it is a two or four wheel alignment. Four-wheel drive vehicles may have an additional charge because they're more difficult to align. At any rate, it's cheaper than having to replace tires every few months.
If it's been a while since you've had your wheels aligned, give Old Town Automotive a call for an alignment check.
Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant