Your vehicle is made up of various systems and components. For a safe and comfortable drive, each of these systems and components should perform in top condition. From your wheels to lights, each component plays a vital role in your vehicle's overall performance. At Tony's Brake & Alignment, we would like to emphasize the importance of a wheel alignment. Sometimes, it can be easy to forget about your wheels compared to your brakes or transmission. Still, a wheel alignment service is essential in preserving your vehicle's safety, driveability, and longevity.
What exactly is wheel alignment? When we say wheel alignment, we are referring to an adjustment of your vehicle's suspension or the system that connects your vehicle to its wheel. Essentially, it is not an adjustment to your tires or even wheels. We will adjust your tires' angle through your vehicle's suspension system, which ultimately affects how your tires and wheels connect with the road. Typically, if you experience any of these signs, you most likely need a wheel alignment performed by the technicians at Tony's Brake & Alignment:
- Uneven tread wear
- Vehicle continually pulling to the left or right while driving.
- When driving straight, your steering wheel is not centered.
- You feel your steering wheel vibrate.
Why is wheel alignment so important, however? First off, properly aligned wheels mean safer driving. If your wheels need an alignment, your safety is jeopardized, as the vehicle will veer towards one side or the other. Your steering wheel will also shake unnecessarily, which makes it harder for you to drive. Poor wheel alignment can also affect your vehicle's ability to utilize ADAS; specifically, lane change assist and collision-prevention braking. These cameras and sensors use different inputs from your vehicle, including the steering angle sensor. These systems need to be aligned with how your vehicle is driving down the road, and wheels that are not aligned can affect how these systems see your vehicle positioned. Last but not least, wheel alignment also affects your tires. When your wheels are not properly aligned, you will wear out your tires much faster, or they might even wear out unevenly.
As you can see, wheel alignment is essential to the overall health and safety of your vehicle. If you believe your vehicle needs this service, please contact our technicians as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment to inspect and repair your brakes, as well as other auto repair services. Tony's Brake & Alignment is located at 4800 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, KY, 40213. We look forward to seeing you soon.