Go Straight With A Wheel Alignment At AFFINITY AUTO In Bountiful
Ever been in your local Bountiful grocery store and had one of those shopping carts – you know the one with a messed up wheel that wobbles like crazy. Your cart shakes and pulls to one side – if you’re not careful it’s clean up on aisle three.
Wheel alignment on your family car is a lot like that. One or more of your wheels can get out of alignment; you feel a vibration in your steering wheel – which may also be off-center. Your family car might pull to one side and your tires start to wear unevenly – you could chew through a tire in a few months.
Sometimes wheels get knocked out of alignment by something big like hitting a curb on a bumpy Bountiful road or slamming into a pothole. But everyday driving takes a toll and family cars lose alignment over time. That’s why manufacturers recommend an alignment check at regular intervals. At Affinity Auto, we offer a full menu of quality auto repair and maintenance services including wheel alignment.
In your alignment inspection, your considerate Affinity Auto technician will check your tires and your suspension system for damage. He’ll test your alignment to see if it’s within manufacturers specifications. If not, he’ll make necessary adjustments to get your car wheels all pointing the same direction again.
If your car pulls to one side, you feel a vibration in the steering wheel or your tires seem to be wearing abnormally, talk with your considerate Affinity Auto service advisor. You may need an alignment check.
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Drivers ought to be concerned about wheel alignments for two primary reasons: safety and money. When your wheels are out of alignment, they can pull to one side, maybe pretty hard. A moment of inattention could put you into on-coming traffic or off the road. And a bad alignment will chew up your tires very quickly while driving on UT freeways and surface streets.
We had one guy at Affinity Auto who said his family car wheels were a little out of alignment before a family vacation, but he didn’t think it was that bad so he didn’t take care of it before he left. A couple days and a thousand miles later his front tires were worn down to the cords. He had to take a half day out of his mountain vacation to find a town big enough to have a tire center for replacements.
All four wheels are supposed to be lined up and point in the same direction. Sometimes one or more goes out of alignment and is pulling against the rest of the team. In addition to excessive tire wear, this also hurts fuel economy.
Part of the alignment service at Affinity Auto is an inspection of the steering and suspension components. Whatever caused the wheels to be knocked out of alignment in the first place may have also damaged important parts. So we want to be sure to replace broken or bent parts as needed. The process corrects alignment of each wheel along three axes: toe, camber and caster, as well as front to rear alignment.
Your car owner’s manual may have a recommendation for how often alignment should be checked. If not, ask the Affinity Auto Service Team. Here are some things to look for that should get you in for an alignment check right away: Your family car is pulling to one side, your steering wheel isn’t centered, you feel a vibration at speed or you see unusual tire wear.
Wheel Alignment Service At Affinity Auto In Bountiful
When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard in Bountiful or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday UT driving can cause your family car wheels to be out of alignment. This can lead to expensive premature tire and suspension wear.
Here are some alignment basics: The first angle is called toe: do the wheels point in towards each other or away from each other at the front of the tire.The next angle is called camber: do the wheels tip in or out at the top.
And finally, there is castor. Castor measures the angle where the front axles attach to the vehicle.
The ideal alignment for your family car was designed by its engineers. Affinity Auto alignment service starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – so see if anything’s bent, broken or worn out. Then the Affinity Auto technician will look at tire condition. From there, the family car is put on an alignment rack and an initial alignment reading is taken. The wheels are then aligned to manufacturer’s specifications.