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Wheel Alignment—Maintenance or Repair?

Maintaining your vehicle's performance and longevity requires regular attention to various components and systems. When it comes to wheel alignment, many car owners wonder whether it falls under the category of maintenance or repair. The truth is wheel alignment encompasses both aspects, serving as a crucial maintenance task and addressing potential issues that may require repair. The team at Rick's Automotive Service is here to shed light on its significance and help you understand why you should prioritize this part of car care.

Proper wheel alignment refers to the precise positioning of your vehicle's wheels relative to each other and the road surface. Over time, various factors can cause your wheels to fall out of alignment, including regular wear and tear, potholes, curbs, and even minor collisions. When your wheels are misaligned, it can lead to a host of difficulties that affect your vehicle's performance, safety, and overall driving experience.

Now, let's tackle the question: Is wheel alignment a maintenance or repair task? The answer lies in the proactive approach to vehicle care. Regular wheel alignment checks and adjustments can be categorized as preventative maintenance. By keeping your wheels aligned to manufacturer specifications, you can mitigate potential issues and extend the lifespan of your tires, suspension components, and steering system.

On the other hand, if you neglect wheel alignment for an extended period or encounter severe alignment problems, it may transition from maintenance to repair. Ignoring misalignment can lead to accelerated tire wear, compromised handling and stability, increased fuel consumption, and potential damage to suspension components. You may require professional intervention to realign your wheels and rectify any associated damage in such cases.

So, how do you know when it's time to get a wheel alignment? Look out for these common signs:

  • Uneven or rapid tire wear: Excessive wear on your tires' inner or outer edges is a telltale sign of misalignment.
  • Vehicle pulling to one side: If you catch your car drifting or pulling to the left or right when driving on a straight road, it's likely due to misaligned wheels.
  • Steering wheel off-center: When your steering wheel is not straight when driving in a straight line, it indicates potential alignment issues.
  • Vibrations or unusual handling: Misalignment can lead to shakiness or a sense of instability, especially at higher speeds.

If you experience any of these red flags, it's crucial to have your vehicle's wheel alignment checked ASAP. A qualified technician at our shop can evaluate the alignment angles, make necessary adjustments, and assess for any underlying issues that may require repair.

Don't leave your wheel alignment to chance, and call or fill out our online appointment form to schedule your alignment service with Rick's Automotive Service today!

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