After the rough winter driving, you may be noticing that your car isn't handling well on a straight level road. You may be experiencing a car that is out of alignment. If a vehicle has an improper wheel alignment, its tires will wear out more quickly and potentially create some driving hazards. Misalignment causes…
- Uneven tire wear and tear-- relative to each other and within each tire's own tread.
- Rough and slightly torn appearance.
- Shortened life span, leading to premature tire replacement.
- Poor driving traction, which affects ability to stop under all circumstances, especially in poor driving conditions, such as mud, snow or ice on the ground.
- Poor handling.
Tires get a number of ratings, including the uniform tire quality grading (UTQG) system ratings from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These ratings indicate the tread wear, traction and temperature capabilities. There is also manufacturers' information (such as tire type, width, aspect ratio, construction type, and rim diameter). All of these ratings are based on proper inflation and alignment. If your car is “out of alignment” and has worn tires, it is impossible to determine how much heat your tire can take, how much load your vehicle can carry, and how quickly your vehicle can come to a stop. As a result, with an improper wheel alignment, a driver could be literally driving blind regarding what his or her car is can do.
If you are experiencing any of the conditions listed above, schedule a car alignment as soon as possible. The cost to ensure proper wheel alignment will be much less than the cost of replacing four tires that wore prematurely.
Do you have questions about your car alignment? Contact our ASE-Certified Technicians today at our Elk River auto center by calling (763) 441-2889 or go on-line to www.elkrivertireandauto.com for more information about expert wheel alignment. Our auto shop in Elk River MN, also proudly serves residents in the areas of Zimmerman, and Otsego, Minnesota.
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