Wheel Alignments in Nanaimo
What is a WHEEL ALIGNMENT?
WHEEL ALIGNMENT is a series of precise measurements and adjustments of the wheels so that the wheels are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments is to ensure the tires are making full tread contact to the road with minimum rolling resistance; this helps the vehicle to track straight when driving along a straight, level road.
At MID ISLAND AUTOMOTIVE, WHEEL ALIGNMENTS are performed by trained certified technicians using state-of-the-art Three-D Alignment equipment.
It’s no surprise that your vehicle will drive better in the Nanaimo area if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That’s called WHEEL ALIGNMENT If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your family car pulls to one side or the other.
Something that you won’t notice right away, but you will if you keep driving around Nanaimo when you’re out of alignment, is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly.. That’s because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight. The outside of the tire just wears out fast because you’re constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a long road trip – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road.
Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into a pothole in the North End, smacking a curb in Pleasant Valley or something like a rock in Parksville. And it doesn’t have to be a big shock, it can just be the regular bumps and bangs of daily driving that add up and eventually take your vehicle out of alignment. That’s why your owner’s manual or Mid Island Automotive Repairs technician or service advisor may suggest having your alignment checked periodically.
With an alignment service at Mid Island Automotive Repairs, we measure each wheel’s alignment to see where they are relative to factory specifications. While we have the vehicle on the alignment rack, we inspect the tires for wear as well as the suspension and steering components for damage or wear – things that can contribute to alignment problems. With some family cars you can adjust all four wheels so we bring all wheels into alignment. On those vehicles where you can only adjust the front wheels, we bring the front into alignment relative to the rear.
Cost varies by whether or not it’s two or four wheel adjustable. At any rate, it’s cheaper than having to replace tires every few months
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your wheels aligned, bring your vehicle to Mid Island Automotive Repairs for an alignment check.
You probably need a WHEEL ALIGNMENT if your vehicle!
- Pulls to the left or right while driving
- If your steering wheel isn’t centered or doesn’t return after cornering
- If your tires have rapid or excessive wear or make a screeching sound on sharp turns
- If your vehicle seems to wander or you have a hard time driving it straight down the road
Rough roads, worn-out steering and suspension parts and road hazards are some of the causes of these conditions!
The Benefits of a WHEEL ALIGNMENT are:
- Reduced tire wear
- Better fuel economy
- Improved handling
- Safer driving
Your steering and suspension system should be inspected every year or 24000 KM’s.