Why Would I Need An Alignment?

Hitting potholes can impact your vehicles wheel alignment

Boyer Ajax offers a Free Alignment Check with every Oil Change and Health Check

Why Would I Need An Alignment?

Several factors can cause a vehicle’s alignment to be out of spec. Let’s explore some common causes:

Normal Wear and Tear: Over time, the components of a vehicle’s suspension system, such as ball joints, tie rods, and control arms, can experience wear. This wear can gradually affect the alignment settings of the wheels, leading to misalignment. Regular driving on rough roads or potholes can also contribute to issues.

Impact or Collision: Hitting a curb, pothole, or other road hazards at high speeds can cause significant damage to the suspension system and throw the wheels out of alignment. Even minor accidents or fender benders can have the same impact.

Suspension Component Replacement: Whenever you replace suspension components, it is essential to perform a wheel alignment. Please do so to avoid misalignment, as new parts may have different specifications than the old ones.

Improper Adjustment: During routine maintenance or repairs, it is sometimes essential to correctly adjust the alignment settings. If not, it can lead to misalignment. It’s crucial to have alignments performed by qualified professionals using the correct procedures and equipment.

Suspension Modifications: Modifying the suspension system, such as installing lowering or lifting kits, can affect the alignment. These modifications change the vehicle’s geometry, requiring adjustments to the alignment settings to maintain proper alignment.

Uneven Tire Wear: Irregular tire wear patterns, such as cupping, feathering, or excessive wear on one side, can indicate issues. Improper alignment causes tires to wear unevenly, which further exacerbates the problem.

In Conclusion:

It’s important to note that some vehicles may require more frequent alignments due to their design or driving conditions. Driving on rough roads, off-roading, or frequently carrying heavy loads can contribute to this problem.

Always Remember:

  • Regular inspections of the suspension system
  • Pay attention to any signs of misalignment.
  • Promptly address them by seeking professional alignment services. That will help prevent further damage and ensure your vehicle stays adequately aligned.

The benefits of regular wheel alignment are undeniable. Make it a point to have your vehicle checked by a professional by visiting or contacting Boyer Chevrolet Buick GMC Ajax Ltd today.  We offer a “Free Alignment Check” with every Oil Change & Health Check, so book today!