Technician working on car alignment

Is My Car in Need of an Alignment?

If you notice your vehicle pulling to the left or right, or if your steering wheel is vibrating, your car may be in need of an alignment. Misalignments can be caused by rough, uneven terrain, challenging driving conditions, or even hitting a pothole during your morning Gardner commute. Keeping up on regular car alignments will help prolong your tire’s tread and lifespan, so be sure to schedule this service every 5,000 miles or so.

What is a Car Alignment?

A car alignment (otherwise known as a wheel or tire alignment) is when a certified technician adjusts your vehicle’s suspension, the system that connects your wheels. The goal of an alignment is to ensure your tires are all angled correctly and that they meet the road properly. While your car rolls off the line with precise alignment, certain driving conditions can throw off the balance, leading to bigger issues down the road.

Getting regular car wheel alignments will help you achieve:

  • A smoother drive in Overland Park
  • Better fuel economy
  • Even wear on your tires, prolonging their life
  • Optimal handling

How Can I Tell If My Car’s Alignment is Off?

While every vehicle is different, there are a few common signs that point to the need for a tire alignment. Misalignment means your wheels are not all pointing in the right direction, so you may start to notice a change in your vehicle’s performance, finding it harder to stay straight in your lane. Other signs include:

  • Uneven or rapid tire wear
  • A shaking or vibrating steering wheel that won’t stay straight
  • Screeching tires
  • Your car pulls to the left or right on its own
Technician using wheel clamp

Ignoring these signs may cause you more trouble in the long run, forcing you to buy new tires earlier than expected. Not sure if your car needs a wheel alignment? Our service department can inspect your vehicle and diagnose any issues.

Schedule a Car Alignment in Olathe, KS

How much does a car alignment cost? At Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, we want our Springhill customers to save on service, which is why we offer a rotating selection of service specials and coupons. Our experienced service professionals are happy to walk you through all things service, from researching serpentine belt costs to checking your own car oil.

We’d also love to help you find the perfect used Jeep Wrangler for sale!

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