How Do I Know If I Need an Alignment?

Do you frequently travel on poorly maintained roads with potholes?  Have you ever noticed your car pulling towards one side while driving?  Does your steering wheel ever look crooked when you know that you are driving straight?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be in need of getting your wheel alignment checked by CNM Auto Repair in Lancaster, PA.

As simple as it may sound, you can rely on your senses to help detect if an alignment might be needed for your vehicle: 

  • Sight – Does your vehicle veer to the left or right? Do the treads on your tires appear to be uneven?
  • Touch – Does your steering wheel shake or vibrate? Do the treads on your tires feel like they are wearing rapidly?
  • Sound – Do your tires squeal?

What is an Alignment?

You may find yourself asking, “What exactly does the term ‘alignment’ mean?”  It actually does not refer to your car’s wheels – but instead your car’s suspension.  Normal wear and tear on your suspension can cause springs to be stretched out and offset your wheel’s alignment.  Small fender benders and even bumping into a curb while parallel parking can cause your wheels to sit at improper angles.  Precise alignment is critical for the overall performance of your vehicle.

Benefits of an Alignment

A proper wheel alignment can help your tires last longer and provide a much smoother ride in your vehicle.  As you know, tires are expensive to replace!  Here at CNM Auto Repair, we want you to get the best mileage out of your tires as possible.  In an ideal world, tires should wear evenly along the tire tread.  When your wheels are misaligned, certain areas of your tires are breaking down more rapidly.  This can negatively affect your miles per gallon – costing you more at the gas pump.  Schedule an appointment with your leading Lancaster, PA car repair shop today to start saving you money and ensure that your tires are properly aligned!

How CNM Auto Repair Can Help!

As a rule of thumb, your car’s alignment should be checked approximately every 6,000 miles or with every other oil change.  It is much more cost effective to have your alignment evaluated periodically than to be replacing tires and suspension parts on the regular.

Here at CNM Auto Repair, we use the latest tools and technology to diagnose, service and repair your vehicles.  Our Lancaster, PA garage is dedicated to serving our customers and keeping them safe on the road.  If you think your vehicle may be out of alignment, contact us today at (717) 397-1497 to keep your car performing at it’s best!