Most people know that there are certain maintenance responsibilities they must take care of on their vehicle. Getting the oil changed regularly is something that people consider, some are even aware of the 30k, 60k and 90k services that vehicles currently require. What most people aren’t aware of is tire alignment maintenance.
Tire Alignment Maintenance
Tire alignment often escapes the attention of many drivers for years. Usually, unless a problem is noticed, the service goes undone. By the time you are noticing a shake or the steering wheel leaning to the left or right when you are going straight, serious damage could have been done to your tires and vehicle, not to mention the countless gallons of gas that you may as well have been pouring down the drain.
Regardless of whether you drive a car or truck, custom or stock, your vehicle requires regular tire alignment to function at peak performance. This should not be confused with tire balancing, which ensures that the wheel and tire are spinning harmoniously. A wheel alignment makes sure that your wheels are pointed in line with the road. If they do not there could be serious consequences, such as:
- Loss of fuel economy, due to the engine having to work harder to push the vehicle down the road.
- Reduced tire longevity, resulting from additional friction between the rubber and the road.
- Safety concerns, as the vehicle becomes less stable and more difficult to maneuver, steering your way out of an accident is more difficult and performance is drastically reduced on wet or icy surfaces.
- Additional strain on the vehicle, suspension parts are forced to take up the slack for tires that aren’t rolling smoothly down the road, even at low speeds.
To keep your vehicle always pointed straight down the road, we recommend tire alignments every 6,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first. For customers with custom suspension or tires, more frequent alignments may be necessary.
However, no matter how long it has been since your vehicle was last up on the rack, if something doesn’t feel right in the steering wheel, it’s time to get to the shop.
Best Tires and Wheels in Carson City
Our expert technicians at TSA Custom Car and Truck have seen it all and are here to answer all your questions concerning tire alignments. If you are in need of a completely new set of tires, we have the widest range of tires and wheels to choose from in Carson City. Contact us to learn more about our tires, wheels, or other custom car and truck accessories.