How do you know if you need a wheel alignment?
A wheel alignment adjustment may be necessary if the vehicle pulls to the right or the left when the steering wheel is in straight ahead position. Another indicator of the need for an alignment check is if tires are wearing unevenly or you’ve hit something on the road.
As a rule, every vehicle should have an alignment done every 6 months, or every 6,000 miles. Your vehicle's suspension is made of a number of sophisticated components and systems that all need to be in perfect alignment and working together. Bad roads and normal wear from driving can throw your suspension out of alignment over time and cause excessive tire wear and other problems. One way to make sure your suspension stays in good working order is to make sure your tires are aligned correctly.
Wheel alignments and rotation services are critical to the extended wear of your tires and fuel savings. To get the most out of your tires, the two most important things you can do are keep them properly inflated and get your alignment checked at least twice a year. To put it in perspective tires that are under-inflated by 20% can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 10% and reduce tread life by up to 15%. If your vehicle isn't properly aligned, your fuel economy could be reduced by up to an additional 5%. It all adds up... up to 15% less mileage out of each gallon of gas you put in your car, and the cost to replace tires that wear out long before they should.