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A wheel alignment is actually not related to the wheels, but is actually an adjustment made to your vehicle’s suspension. The suspension system connects the vehicle to the wheels. Its primary goal is to absorb the energy made from bumps in the road to provide a safe, smooth, and relaxing drive in your vehicle.

How to Know If You Need a Wheel Alignment

A wheel alignment involves adjusting the angles of the wheels and restoring (or realigning) them back to the vehicle’s centerline. This enables your vehicle to have the wheels at the best angle so that the tires can achieve the optimum road contact.

Your wheel alignment can be altered after experiencing a car accident, hitting a curb, or driving over a deep pothole. Unfortunately, an error in alignment impacts not only your tires, but also your vehicle handling. Typical bad wheel alignment symptoms include:

  • The car pulling to the right or left
  • Tire treads having an uneven wear pattern
  • Tires wearing out prematurely
  • Tires making squealing noises
  • Steering wheel is crooked when driving straight
  • Vibration in the steering wheel when your vehicle accelerates

Whether you have or have not felt one of the above symptoms, it is a good idea to have regular wheel alignments done twice a year. Ensuring your wheels are in good alignment will optimize your gas mileage, prolong the life of your tires, and increase your driving control. At Lindsay Tire Automotive & Accessories, we are here for you. Our customer service is unbeatable. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.