Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

The Effect of a Bad Alignment



We often tend to put tire care down on the list of our auto repair needs. It’s easy to dismiss because they tend to be an expensive item to replace and we often take their duties for granted. However, with the right care and prevention, you can significantly impact the life of your tires as well as increase your gas mileage and help to stabilize your vehicle in general. When your vehicle’s tires are properly aligned and balanced, that really can save you money and hassle in the long run, not to mention it can keep you safe. 

Alignment refers to the angle at which your tires touch the ground. When your tires aren’t properly aligned, that means that there will be more pressure on certain parts of your tire and that will contribute to uneven wear causing the need for a replacement to happen sooner than if you keep your car properly aligned. When your tires aren’t correctly aligned and your tires wear unevenly, it can lower MPG but it can also be dangerous. It causes your vehicle to become unstable and more difficult to maneuver. Besides safety, who wants to have to buy new tires any earlier than necessary?

Poor alignment can cause drivability issues that lead to safety issues. We are heading into the winter months and as any Coloradoan knows, you NEVER know what a winter day will look like! Even if the weather forecast says the weather will be wonderful today, there’s no guarantee that will be the case. Wheels that are properly aligned will help us stay safe on winter roads. It will also help us with overall cornering even if the roads aren’t icy.

If your vehicle drives straight as an arrow, your alignment is probably great. If that’s not the case, you really should have your auto’s alignment checked out. Even if it seems perfect, you should still have it checked out once a year and definitely have your wheels balanced when you get new tires or they can start to wear unevenly from the get-go. 

The highly trained and experienced auto mechanics at Pro Auto Care in Denver and Littleton would love to be your go-to auto repair shop for all things alignment. We are dedicated to your safety and to keeping your vehicle performing at optimum levels this winter and always. We hope to see you soon!