Alignments are one of the most important areas of automotive service
Alignments are probably one of the most important, yet least understood areas of automotive service. Improper wheel alignment can definitely cause handling and drive ability problems but it is often related to other issues. Vehicle owners typically ask for an alignment when their car is vibrating, pulling, wandering, etc. While this can be caused by your vehicle being out of alignment, more often than not it is another underlying problem causing your symptom. A bad tire or worn suspension or steering components are more likely the cause. When your vehicle exhibits any of these symptoms we suggest a thorough inspection of your vehicle to diagnose the cause of your symptom. By diagnosing your problem first we can save you money by repairing only what is needed to get your vehicle driving like new again. If your vehicle does need an alignment, rest assured we can handle that for you.
Steering & Suspension
The suspension system in your vehicle is made up of springs, shock absorbers, struts, control arms, bushings, ball joints and other components. These parts are subjected to some pretty harsh punishment and should be inspected regularly. The function of your suspension is mainly to keep the tires in contact with the road to maintain handling and stability. If it is not functioning properly due to worn parts, you may wear out your tires prematurely and quite possibly compromise safety. The steering system consists of a steering gear, tie rod ends, idler arms, ball joints, power steering pump, hoses, and other components. Some vehicles even have computer assisted power steering. The steering system is primarily for pointing the wheels in the direction you want your vehicle to go. But it also keeps the wheels in alignment. Again, worn parts or improperly aligned steering components can cause tire wear or diminished steering performance. Have your steering and suspension components inspected at regular intervals to avoid premature tire wear and safety related concerns.