Of all the mission-critical components of any vehicle, the wheels and tires are easily among the most critical, and the most subject to wear and tear. And, like most of the essential parts of your car or truck, it is important that your wheels and tires be well maintained, in proper working condition, and- perhaps most importantly- properly aligned.
While you can go a long time on improperly aligned wheels, doing so will cost you in at least one of three major areas. These categories are the effect on the longevity of your tires, fuel efficiency, and overall safety.
When your wheels are out of alignment, your tires do not roll smoothly over the pavement. They will wobble slightly, causing uneven wear. This uneven wear can reduce the useful life of your tires by causing more wear in one specific area, especially when that area is not designed to endure as much wear as the centerline of the tire.
The wheels on your vehicle move most efficiently when they are properly aligned. Improper alignment causes the wheels to have to rotate more than it would to complete one revolution – even if by a minute degree. It increases the resistance that your tires impose on the drive system. This reduces gas mileage. It also causes strain on the drive system as the resistance from your tires is sure to become uneven as they gradually fall out of alignment.
When your wheels are not properly aligned, the additional wear and tear on many critical components mean any one of these parts is more likely to fail. This extends beyond the wheels themselves. Poorly aligned wheels can cause damage to your brakes, your suspension system, the undercarriage, and more. Perhaps most importantly, poor wheel alignment can also make your vehicle less stable and less responsive in hazardous conditions like ice, mud, snow, or during emergency maneuvers.
When you bring your car or truck in for wheel alignment service at Jay Wolf in Ballwin, St. Louis, or Chesterfield, MO – You know our highly trained and certified mechanics are properly equipped to test your alignment and to restore your wheels to their full and proper function. You’ll save time and money with properly aligned wheels by the team here at Jay Wolf.
Find us online, call, or stop by today to learn more and set up your wheel alignment check appointment.