What Is Wheel Alignment?
Our auto shop has one main goal: to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly and safely for years to come. We offer several routine maintenance services here at Dynamic Automotive in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to make that happen, with one of the most important being wheel alignment. Wheel alignments are necessary to maintain your car’s supreme handling and performance. It is a simple procedure, but it requires specific equipment and technology to conduct. This service is needed when the angles of the wheels are knocked from manufacturer specifications. These consist of the camber, caster, and toe. Camber is the inward/outward tilt of the tires when viewed from the front of a vehicle; caster is the front/rear tilt of the tires; the toe is the direction that the tires are pointed in. When you bring your car in, our ASE-certified technicians will adjust the angle of all four wheels to conform to the exact specifications and ensure your car drives straight and true.
What Causes Wheel Misalignment?
So, what exactly causes your wheel alignment to become off balance? Misalignment can result from different situations, such as driver error, wear of components, and environmental conditions. Driver error and environmental conditions coincide when you drive over a pothole, hit a curb, or get into an accident. Basically, any sudden impact on the road can cause misalignment. Pieces that wear and weaken over time that affect alignment include the shocks, struts, ball joints, and bushings. Modifications to your vehicle, such as a lift or lowering kit, also may cause your alignment to become off-track. There are some things that you can start doing to help prevent the potential for poor alignment: avoiding a pothole or going slow over one, watching for curbs, and properly maintaining your tires (rotations, balances, and air pressure adjustments) can all assist. While the wearing of parts cannot be completely avoided, staying on top of routine service can help them from wearing further and compromising your driving.
When Do You Need a Wheel Alignment?
There is no set mileage or time interval for when wheel alignment is needed. However, there are a variety of symptoms that may warrant the need for this service. Many of the signs deal with the steering and steering wheel, including a crooked steering wheel when you drive straight, noisy steering, or pulling to the right or left without your input. The other set of signs relate to the tires. For example, your tires may experience excessive or uneven wear or emanate a squealing sound if misalignment is present with your vehicle. If you start to recognize any of these signs, or any issues with your handling in general, schedule an appointment at our auto repair shop! Our team has the experience and knowledge required to diagnose and fix any alignment problem you may be having. Not only is our repair facility one of the best in the area, but we also offer rotating service specials to save you money. Experience the difference at Dynamic Automotive! We are located at 20 Creamery Way, and we can be reached at (301) 447-2800.