Cars need proper wheel alignment for a balanced ride, longer tire life, and improved mileage. But what is wheel alignment, anyway?
Wheel alignment technically means the adjustment of the suspension components holding the wheels, not the adjustment of the wheels/tires themselves. That said, there are a few easy ways to tell when your car has misaligned wheels. Keep in mind that this article focuses on the front wheels.
First, examine your tires if they have uneven wearing on the treads. From there, observe these signs when driving: an off-center steering wheel direction when driving on a straight path, unusual steering wheel vibration, and the vehicle pulling over to one side. You should also keep an eye out for a sudden inefficiency in fuel economy. When you notice these signs, take your car to the nearest service shop and have it checked.
But before you do, it's best to educate yourself with at least the basics of wheel alignment. That way, you'll be able to promote service trust and avoid potential fraud. Here are some of the things to know and discuss with your professional mechanic.