What Causes vehicles to lose their alignment?
Many things can cause your system to “go out of alignment”. The most common causes are stuff like, hitting curbs, pot holes, concrete parking slabs and just generally hitting uneven surfaces. What a lot of people don’t realize is that regular wear and tear can also knock your alignment out of spec. As your tires wear down, they fail to provide the same support which slowly changes the alignment dynamics of your suspension.
Each chassis has a very specific alignment set up that is specified by the factory. In order for your vehicle to “drive as designed”, your vehicle needs to be aligned to this spec.
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! It 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:
1. Your tires will wear unevenly leaving you with a bumpy, loud and rather annoying ride.
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 and once they are unevenly worn they tend to become loud. And, it’s next to impossible to get them to start wearing evenly once they start to go bad. This ends up leaving you with a horrible driving experience that is bumpy, loud and unpleasant. Trust me, I know from experience. The small cost of an alignment compared to expensive new tires and possible suspension repairs is a no-brainer.
Updated February 4th, 2019
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