Proper wheel alignment is important for your safety and your vehicle’s drivability. Wheel misalignment can occur because of poor road conditions, heavy impacts, or even worn parts. If you’ve noticed that your vehicle wants to pull to one side while driving, this is a common sign of an alignment issue. Thankfully, you can always rely on our expert team of ASE-certified technicians to fix any problems you’re having. At Gurney’s Automotive Repair, we offer complete auto care for imports, domestics, hybrids, and diesel-powered engines. From factory maintenance and tires to diagnostics and repairs, our team will keep your car well-maintained. Schedule your appointment today and see why we offer the best auto care in the Milford area!
Although it’s called a wheel alignment (or a tire alignment), the term actually refers to the suspension system. The suspension system keeps your wheels and tires straight while you dive. Many situations can cause an alignment issue. Impacts from driving over potholes, brushing up against curbs, or even a fender bender could throw off wheel alignment. Jarring blows shake your suspension, which causes it to move from its ideal positioning. Normal wear and tear can cause rubber suspension components to crack, ball and socket joints to loosen, or worn springs. Over time, these can all contribute to misalignment.
When Do I Need A Wheel Alignment?
How can you tell if it’s time for a tire alignment? You may notice your vehicle is pulling in one direction as you drive or that your steering wheel is off-center while you’re driving straight. In some cases, you may also hear squealing or knocking coming from your tires. Excessive shaking or vibration can also be a sign it is time to get your alignment checked. Proper alignment ensures safe handling and extends the life of your tires. Incorrectly aligned wheels are one of the chief causes of uneven or rapid tire wear. Uneven tread wear will decrease the safe driving life of a tire or may even damage a tire beyond repair, requiring a premature replacement.
Whether you’ve noticed any of the above signs or it’s been a while since you’ve had your wheels aligned, you can always trust the team at Gurney’s to keep your vehicle safe and reliable. Contact us today at 603-249-5552 to schedule your appointment at our Milford location or request an appointment online.