07 May 2010

Incorrect wheel alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear.


The average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with a toe angle mis-adjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year! Alignment issues void tire warranties, and with today's larger tire sizes, a set of four can easily exceed $1000.

Your alignment changes everyday, albeit minor, as bushings, struts, springs, etc. weaken. However, an unavoidable pot hole, curb, or even railroad crossing can dramatically shift wheel alignment and rapidly wear down tires. As such, you should get your alignment checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year, AND always when replacing tires.

If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, we recommend an alignment check as soon as possible:
  • Excessive or uneven tire wear
  • The vehicle pulls to the left or right
  • Feeling of looseness or wandering
  • Steering wheel vibration or shimmy
  • Steering wheel is not centered when the vehicle is moving straight ahead
Recognizing the importance of correct wheel alignment - improved tire life, better gas mileage, improved handling, and safer driving - we've invested in the best, Hunter's Hawkeye system with high-definition digital imaging technology. The HD cameras determine the precise position and orientation of each wheel, assuring accurate adjustments to O.E.M. specifications.

Even with state-of-the-art equipment, our alignments are only $79.95 for most cars & light trucks. Modified and over-sized vehicles are extra.

Here are a couple of videos, courtesy of Hunter Engineering Company, to explain more...




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