When Does Your Car Need a Wheel Alignment?


When should you bring your vehicle in for a wheel alignment?  That is not a question that drivers ask enough and most do not know the right answer to it.  Here is things to know about what to look for when needing a wheel alignment.

A major reason why most people don’t bother with getting their wheels aligned is due to the unknown nature of it.  Manufacturers don’t have a recommended schedule because of different issues that could cause a problem with the wheel alignment.  It can be caused by potholes and bumps, or just from key parts of the suspension wearing down.

The first thing to check for is if you’re noticing that your car is drifting to one side or that if you are unable to keep the car going straight by keeping the steering wheel neutral.  These are very sure indicators that there is a problem and it may be that the best solution is to get your vehicle’s wheels aligned.

This is a good time to check on the tires to see what condition they are in.  A telltale sign of something wrong with the wheel alignment is if there is uneven wear, meaning that the front or back tires have different wear patterns.

If you are having any of these problems, or see the signs, it may be a good time to schedule a time to be seen by a service department and look into getting a wheel alignment performed.  To those not having these immediate issues, it is recommended that you get your vehicle’s alignment done at least once a year or every 15,000 miles.

If you want to have your car looked at, then you can schedule a time to be seen by the service department at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge by going to our service tab on the website.  You can also keep up with your service appointments by downloading our mobile app to view details in real time on your vehicle when brought in for a service appointment.