Wheel alignment is a common service that is offered by most service stations. However, some people are unsure of what type of circumstances may result in a need to have wheels aligned. Here are a few examples of conditions that can result in a need to have wheel and tire alignment performed.
One of the more common misconceptions is that it is absolutely necessary to have wheels aligned when having the tires on the vehicle rotated. The truth is that an alignment may or may not be necessary. If the vehicle seems to pull in one direction or another after the rotation, then having the wheels aligned is necessary if the tires are to wear evenly. However, not all models will require realigning simply due to tire rotation. Consult with your mechanic to determine if the make and model of your vehicle is known to require aligning wheels after each rotation.
Often, it may be necessary to have the wheels aligned if your car or truck is driven over rough roads on a regular basis. Road conditions such as potholes and uneven lanes can cause the tires to slowly get out of line. Along with adverse road conditions, those speed bumps in many parking lots can also cause the same problem over time. Should you notice that the vehicle begins to pull even slightly in one direction, have the wheels aligned. In the long run, you will lengthen the life of the tires and save a great deal of money.
Keep in mind that uneven wear shows up on the front tires first. Even if you have not noticed the car beginning to pull slightly in one direction, it is a good idea to check the status of the tires at least on a monthly basis. If you notice that the wear on the tread is not even, then schedule a time to take the car in and have the wheels aligned.