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How often should I get an Alignment?

How often should you get an alignment - FREE Alignment Check at your local Brakes Plus

How often should I get an Alignment?

For most vehicles and drivers, the answer to the question of “How often should you get an alignment?” will be once or twice a year, or when you get new tires. If you experience harsh road conditions, drive a sporty car, change your tires each season, or have wide tires, the time between wheel alignments will be shorter.

Many vehicle manufacturers now recommend an alignment check at the same time you get your oil changed, every 5,000 miles. But because issues are often a result of a specific incident, like a wheel hitting hard in a pothole, on a curb or other obstacles in the road, it’s better to be safe than sorry and have your wheel alignment checked. Make an appointment or stop by for a FREE Alignment Check at your local Brakes Plus.

Wheel Alignment can be thrown off by:

  • Hitting hard in a Pothole
  • Hit a curb or other obstacle in the road
  • New tires, winter tires, tire rotation
  • 5,000 miles or 6 months of general wear and tear

Signs and Symptoms You Need an Alignment:

  • Uneven tire wear
  • Vehicle pulls to the left or right
  • Vibration in the steering wheel
  • Steering wheel is turned to the right or left when the front wheels are pointed straight ahead

Do I need an Alignment

If any of the signs and symptoms above occur, yes. It’s time for for an alignment. Make an appointment or stop by for a FREE Alignment Check at your local Brakes Plus. Signs and symptoms to watch out for: Uneven tire wear, Vehicle pulls to the left or right, Vibration in the steering wheel, or if the steering wheel is turned to the right or left when the front wheels are pointed straight ahead. Make an appointment or stop by for a FREE Alignment Check at your local Brakes Plus.

How often should you get an alignment

Your specific vehicle, driving habits and road conditions will need to be taken into consideration. When asking yourself, “How long does an alignment last?” For most vehicles and drivers, this will be once or twice a year. If you experience harsh road conditions, drive a sporty car or have wide tires, the time between wheel alignments will be shorter.

We suggest getting an alignment check every 6 months or 5,000 miles to make sure your vehicle is aligned correctly. If you switch your tires our in winter and back in the summer, those are perfect times to have your wheel alignment checked. Make an appointment or stop by for a FREE Alignment Check at your local Brakes Plus.

A good tip to remember: Have an alignment check performed on your vehicle when you get your oil changed.

How long do wheel alignments take?

A normal vehicle alignment (whether a two wheel or a four wheel alignment), will take on average one hour, not including waiting time. If there is any damage, it could take longer as other components may need to be replaced.

What is an Alignment: 

A wheel alignment consists of adjusting tire angles recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. This helps to ensure proper performance and tire wear. Accurate wheel alignment improves gas mileage. It also adds miles to the life of your tires and corrects many handling problems.

As vehicles age, rubber components start cracking and often lose their elasticity. Ball and socket joints can develop loose fittings. They get progressively worse over time. Because wheel alignment angles are measured in tenths and hundredths of degrees or inches. Over time, a slight misalignment can cause a lot of uneven or premature tire wear. Make an appointment or stop by for a FREE Alignment Check at your local Brakes Plus.

How long does a front end alignment take?

A normal vehicle alignment (whether a two wheel or a four wheel alignment), will take on average one hour, not including waiting time. If there is any damage, it could take longer as other components may need to be replaced.

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