Proper Alignment

Toyota Tire Care

The Importance of Proper Alignment

Why is My Vehicle Out-of-Alignment?

When your vehicle is out-of-alignment, its suspension and steering systems are no longer functioning at their intended angles resulting in rapid, uneven treadwear - the primary reason for requiring tire replacement.

Five Indications Your Vehicle Requires an Alignment

  1. Uneven tire wear
    Having misaligned wheels means your wheels are physically positioned at different angles. The difference may be slight but it will be enough to cause your tires to wear unevenly. You can avoid this by checking your tires for even wear - if the front tires and rear tires look pretty much the same, you are probably okay.
  2. Vehicle pulls hard to the left or right
    Pulling hard to the left or right is a telltale sign that your vehicle needs a wheel alignment. If you feel as though you have to struggle with your steering wheel in order to keep your vehicle straight, we recommend getting a wheel alignment done as soon as possible.
  3. Slight pulling
    A good way to check your car's alignment is to let go of the wheel for a couple seconds when driving in a straight line at low speed with no surrounding traffic or obstructions. If your vehicle is out of alignment, it will drift slightly to the right or left.
  4. Steering Wheel Vibration
    When your vehicle's wheels are misaligned, they will pull against each other, causing your steering wheel to vibrate. The steering wheel vibration can be weak or strong, depending on the severity of your vehicle's misalignment.
  5. Crooked Steering Wheel
    If you're driving down a straight stretch of road and you notice that your steering wheel is crooked, you might need a wheel alignment. You might notice this after you run over a curb, a pothole, or another type of obstacle in the road.
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