Having your vehicles wheels aligned is a critical component of auto care and maintenance. Wheel alignment directly impacts the durability and performance of your tires, and can improve the overall and feel your car, giving it a smooth and safe ride.
Abbotsford Chrysler Certified Service Center has the experienced tire technicians to perform fast, accurate wheel alignments. If your vehicle needs to come in for an alignment, book an appointment with our Service Center, today!
Wheel Alignment Cost
The price of your wheel alignment depends on the type of car you have and the type of alignment you need. The vehicle’s manufacturer determines the alignment specifications for every make and model that comes off their assembly line. The size, length, weight and intended use of the vehicle all play a role in determining the correct alignment angles and type of alignment the car will require. There are two types of service options when it comes to wheels – a front-end alignment, and a four wheel.
Front End Alignment
During a front-end alignment, only the vehicle’s front axles’ angles are measured and adjusted. These alignments are suited to vehicles with a rear solid axle. This is the simplest and most basic alignment as it deals with the bare minimum. Front-end alignments are also commonly known as a “toe-in” alignment or a “toe and go”.
Four Wheel Alignment
For vehicles with four–wheel independent suspensions or front-wheel drive vehicles with adjustable rear suspensions, the proper alignment is a four-wheel alignment. However, vehicles that have front-wheel drive with adjustable rear suspensions can also have the four-wheel alignment. During this alignment procedure, the mechanics confirm that all four wheels are “square” with each other, then measure and adjust both the rear and front axle angles.
We are always running seasonal specials at our service center to help save you even more money, so be sure to keep an eye on all current specials we’re running.
How Often Do I Need an Alignment?
For most drivers, you can expect to have your tires realigned periodically throughout the vehicle’s lifespan. At the minimum, you should have your car’s alignment inspected at least once a year, or with every other oil change to help keep your car as safe to drive as possible. A lot can happen to a vehicle in between inspections’ you could hit a pothole, drive down gravelly stretches of road, or knock your wheels on the curb while making a turn. All these things can impact the way your tires sit, throwing off alignment in an instant.
We recommend you have your car’s alignment inspected more frequently if you drive your vehicle more often than the average person, drive on tough terrain, or if there are components of your car’s suspension that have been affected by accidents or replacement parts.
Signs You May Need a Wheel Alignment
Different driving habits and road conditions may affect how often you should have your cars wheels aligned.
If you notice that your car is starting to have steering problems, than it’s likely that something is off with the car’s alignment. These can be issues like pulling to a certain direction when you’re trying to drive straight, or unusual difficulty handling the car. If this is the case, you may need to get an alignment appointment as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
As soon as you take notice of something being off or not normal, take the necessary action to get it inspected. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to cause wear and tear on your tires or the rest of your vehicle.
Why Do I Need a Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment ensures that your tires are perfectly vertical in relation to the body of your vehicle, maximizing fuel efficiency and improving handling. Overtime, a car’s suspension can begin to warp and wear down, which causes your vehicle’s wheels to move from their ideal straight up and down position. By having regularly scheduled alignments, you can improve your car’s fuel economy, and prevent uneven wear on tires, which decrease the risk of a tire blowing out. Uneven tire wear can also add unnecessary stress to other components of your vehicle, which can result in you paying even more money for repairs when you come into the shop.
Bringing your car in for regularly scheduled inspections will save you money in the long run by preventing you from paying for unexpected repairs that can cost much more than normal inspections.
How Do I Know If I Need a Tire Alignment?
If you’re a car owner, there are a couple different ways to tell if your car needs a wheel alignment. If you’ve noticed one or more of these descriptions, you should try to schedule a wheel alignment appointment as soon as possible.
- Uneven tread wear
- Vehicle pulling to the left or right
- Your steering wheel is pulling to one direction or off center when driving straight
- Steering wheel vibration