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Importance of Wheel Alignment and Tire Balancing



Tire Balancing

Properly balanced tires help minimize uneven wear and extend their life. When tires are balanced, small weights are attached to the wheels to limit vibration of the tire and wheels as they turn. Newly installed tires should be balanced, and thereafter whenever a vibration is noticed. Balancing is also called for whenever a tire is removed from the wheel, for example to repair a puncture.

 

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Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment is the measurement of the position of the wheels compared to specifications that the vehicle manufacturers recommend. Each vehicle has specific wheel alignment settings. If any alignment measurement falls outside the specified range, uneven tire wear can result, vehicle handling may be affected and fuel economy can be diminished.

 

You should have the wheel alignment checked and adjusted when new tires are installed, and thereafter any time when unusual steering characteristics are observed. A vehicle’s wheels are properly aligned when the car will drive down the road in a straight line without drifting or pulling to either side. A drift or pull can be caused by problems other than just alignment, so a thorough inspection should be performed by a qualified shop to determine the exact nature of the problem before an alignment is performed.

 

Spending a few minutes with your tires every month can help protect your family, improve your vehicle’s performance, and lengthen the life of your tires.

 

Wheel alignment is important to the health of your car or truck. If you hit a massive pothole, you might bump your suspension out of the carefully calculated locations that the components have been set. All of the elements that make your car go straight are called “alignment.” Some shops try to make it seem like rocket science, but wheel alignment is a fairly straightforward affair.

 

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Here are some common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:
  • Vehicle pulling to the left or right.
  • Uneven or rapid tire wear.
  • Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight.
  • Squealing tires.

 

On your vehicle, though, out-of-whack wheels mean more than a mere annoyance.

 

Poor alignment creates higher rolling resistance. Higher rolling resistance means greater wear on the tires and lower fuel economy.

 

With the price of gasoline nowadays, can you really afford to bleed off more miles per gallon than absolutely necessary? To get the highest gas mileage, as well as the longest tire life and best ride and handling from your vehicle, you need to recognize when you need a wheel alignment.

 

AAA suggests having the alignment checked, whenever you have your tires rotated or at least once a year. The roads we have around here aren’t in the greatest condition, and that can throw the alignment off sooner than you think. Slamming into a pothole or butting a tire hard into the curb while trying to parallel park is usually all it takes.


 

 

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The Importance Factory Maintenance

Car and Truck Warranty Factory Maintenance - Available at THE SHOP in Alvin 77511

 

No matter what type of vehicle you happen to drive, the manufacturer has prescribed a regular maintenance schedule to keep your car or truck running at its best. This is commonly called factory scheduled maintenance, or 30/60/90K maintenance—so called because the usual schedule for these maintenance services is every 30,000 miles or so. Many drivers see this maintenance schedule as optional—after all, why take the car in if it’s still running? However, this schedule is not simply a ploy to get you to spend money at the auto repair shop—it’s important for the overall health of your vehicle and to avoid costly and avoidable auto repairs.

 

Why is factory maintenance so important?

 

You should pay attention to your factory maintenance schedule for several important reasons:

  • Your warranty may depend on it. Some manufacturers place such importance on 30/60/90K maintenance that not following the schedule could void your vehicle warranty.
  • It can prevent small problems from becoming big ones. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as the saying goes. Regular maintenance can identify possible problems early before they cause a breakdown or damage other parts, saving you possibly thousands of dollars down the road.
  • It can prolong the life of your vehicle. Regular maintenance doesn’t just keep your car running; it keeps it running efficiently, which translates to more miles over its lifetime.
  • It helps retain your car’s value. If you ever sell the vehicle, you’ll sell it for more if it has been kept in good shape.

 

What does the maintenance involve?

Typically, the first step in 30/60/90K maintenance is to inspect the vehicle’s major systems for signs of problems, followed by any of the following maintenance procedures as needed:

 

  • Replacing spark plugs and/or plug wires
  • Replacing filters
  • Checking fluids (brake, coolant, transmission, etc.) and topping off or replacing fluids
  • Tire rotation and pressure check
  • Oil change
  • Timing belt inspection
  • Brake servicing

During proper maintenance, a trustworthy mechanic will notify you of any potential problems, but won’t replace parts that don’t need replacing (part of what saves you money during maintenance). As a rule of thumb, the higher the mileage on the car, the more likely parts will need to be replaced. (The timing belt is usually changed at 90,000-100,000 miles, for example.)

 

Car and Truck Warranty Factory Maintenance - Available at THE SHOP in Alvin 77511

 

Does the dealership have to perform the maintenance?

While factory scheduled maintenance may be required as part of your warranty, that doesn’t mean the dealership has to do the maintenance, although they like to make it seem that way. Your warranty will remain intact as long as you have the service performed by a certified auto repair specialist. In this way, you can receive quality service while avoiding the premium rates charged by the dealership service department.

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