Proper wheel alignment helps you maintain control of you car. If your vehicle is shaking, vibrating, or pulling, it may need an alignment. Everyone has heard of a wheel alignment, sometimes called a suspension alignment or a line-up job, but few people actually know why alignment is important and how to tell if they need to see Bullard Automotive for a wheel alignment service.
Part of the job of your suspension is to control the position of the wheels, to make sure they roll straight and true and that they work to control cornering forces, or handling. Each vehicle has a unique set of adjustments built in so a qualified service center with the right measuring equipment can fine tune the suspension to a set of optimal factory settings. This process is called wheel alignment.
Proper alignment is not a function of miles or time. Alignments are part of regular maintenance. A bent suspension component, road debris, hitting a curb or even whacking a pot hole can put your vehicle out of alignment and once the alignment is out of spec it will be that way until someone fixes it.
Essentially, the suspension and front end assembly of your car are comprised of many different components, which keep your tires centered and resting flat on the pavement. When things wear out or move over a fairly long period of time, it’s necessary to reset your front end components to get your car, truck, or SUV driving straight again. Avoid driving too much if you believe your tires need an alignment; investing in a repair earlier will save you tons of money from any problems that could arise without it.
So, how do you tell if you need an alignment? Here's a few symptoms:
tire noise or vibration,
uneven wear on the tire tread,
a crooked steering wheel when the tires are facing straight ahead,
wandering, the tendency for your car to veer left or right on its own.
Alignments protect the life span of your tires.
A car out of alignment just a bit will ruin your tires over time, and you may not even know it. Measured in thousandths of an inch, an alignment is too small to see with the naked eye. Only an alignment service center, like Bullard Automotive can tell you if the alignment is out of spec.
If you don't notice any symptoms it is a safe bet to have a wheel alignment once a year.
Bullard Automotive employs state-of-the-art alignment racks with computer aided measuring and technicians who know how to use the equipment right. Because every car, truck and SUV is different, trust us to look up the manufacturer specs on your specific model and adjust your suspension to suit. If you have any of the symptoms described above or it has been more than a year since your last wheel alignment, call and schedule an appointment with Bullard Automotive for a top shelf wheel alignment service.
Alignments themselves are fast and cheap. A wheel alignment not only improves fuel mileage, safety and handling and saves wear and tear on your tires, it dramatically improves the drive quality of your vehicle. Alignment service is an excellent investment that pays for itself in the long term considering the hundreds of dollars you will avoid spending on replacement tires and suspension parts, which cost a lot more than the service itself. Our mechanics will align your wheels and front end quickly, and do it right.
Come by Bullard Automotive in Independence, MO and get your alignment taken care of today!