What Causes vehicles to lose their alignment?
Many things can cause your system to go “out of alignment”. Hitting curbs, pot holes, bumping into snow banks, concrete parking slabs, and normal wear and tear. As your tires break down, they fail to provide the same support which slowly changes the alignment dynamics.
How to Align Your Suspension
Many people ask, “Do I really need to care about the alignment of my suspension/tires?”. The answer is yes, this is very important. We will start with why it is important. When the alignment of your suspension is off it can and most likely will cause the following problems:
Problems Caused from Unaligned Suspension
- Your tires will wear unevenly leaving you with a bumpy and rather annoying ride.
- Extended wear on your suspension, brakes, brake shaft, and steering system components.
- Pulling or pushing to one side of the road which can be very dangerous
- Decreased efficiency in gas mileage
When your alignment is off, it causes added uneven resistance between your tires and the road. This increased resistance not only wears your tires down faster, but it also causes them to wear unevenly. This ends up leaving you with a horrible driving experience that is bumpy and unpleasant. Trust me, I know from experience. The small cost of an alignment compared to expensive new tires and possible suspension repeairs is a no-brainer.
The added pressure and resistance created from an unaligned suspension system causes accelerated wear and tear on your suspension system. Why pay more money down the road to replace your ISC suspension system when you can pay a fraction of that to keep your system in alignment? Furthermore, your suspension is not the only thing suffering. Your brakes and brake shaft also share in the added wear caused by unaligned suspension systems and your steering system will be compromised due to the forced pushing or pulling symptoms that your steering will endure.
Your unaligned suspension system causes higher levels of pressure that is pushed down and in to the car. This pressure and uneven friction creates more road resistance at the road surface. Conclusively, this causes your car to work harder causing more fuel to be burned than necessary.
Whether you are looking to do an alignment or you have no concern, I can only recommend to do it as soon as possible if you are due. It is not only going to save you money in the long run, it will leave you with a more efficient and safer ride.
Written February 15th, 2016