What Are the Advantages of a Wheel Alignment?

Believe it or not, the alignment of your wheels has a major impact on the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Properly aligned wheels help spread the power and torque evenly as you are driving and that means less wasted energy (and fuel). One easy way to tell if you might have an alignment issue is to look at your tires.

Why Is 4-Wheel Alignment Important?

If you get an alignment, you're ensuring a safer and smoother ride - all while prolonging the life of your tires. Other benefits of wheel alignment include ensuring optimal drivability and consuming less energy (fuel savings). 

What Is a Four-Wheel Alignment?

A 4-wheel alignment refers to adjusting all four wheels, which is typically required on all-wheel-drive models, with independent suspensions. This may include a front toe and caster adjustment, just like the front-end alignment, while the rear wheels receive a toe and camber adjustment. 

How Do I Know I Need a Four-Wheel Alignment?

Here are some common signs that you are dealing with poor alignment:

      • Your vehicle pulls to one side.
      • Uneven or rapid tire wear.
      • Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight.
      • Squealing tires.   

How Long Will an Alignment Last?

Typically, 10,000 to 15,000 miles depending on road conditions and other factors like potholes and curbs. An alignment will not last the life of the vehicle.

How Often Should I Have My Wheels Aligned?

Typically, it is recommended to get your wheels aligned every 1 year. To ensure the optimal safety of your car, yourself, and others around you, it is best to opt for a wheel alignment every time you go to change the oil of the vehicle.

Why Do We Do It?

No one knows your Volvo like we do! We use state of the art equipment such as the Laser 4-wheel Hunter machine.

Tire Service Tips for Volvo's on Long Island

Tire Pressure

Under inflation results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure and not appear to be flat.

Tire Rotation

Regularly rotating your vehicle's tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle's owner's manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000 miles.

Tire Alignment

A jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.

Treads

Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage.

Huntington Volvo can help you assess tire wear and other unsafe conditions.

 

 


   

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