The Basics of Tire Alignments

tire alignmentIn the simplest of terms, tires that are properly aligned are pointing in the right direction. That said, the most obvious way to know if your tires need to be aligned is if your vehicle pulls to the left or to the right.

Your tires may become unaligned due to many different causes. The most common cause is hitting potholes, the curb, or some other hard thing.

In addition to being annoying to have to hold the steering wheel to the left in order to drive your vehicle straight, it is also important to have your tires aligned in order to preserve the life of your tires. Your tires will wear down much quicker if they are not properly aligned.

However, whether your car is driving straight or not, you may still need your tires aligned. The alignments are performed with equipment that measures to a fraction of an inch. Sometimes the need for an alignment can’t be seen by the human eye. You will typically be safe to have your tire alignment checked annually.

When you bring your vehicle over to Bargain Tire for an alignment, we will set the camber (inward or outward tilt of the wheels when looking head on), the caster (wheel tilt front or back looking from the side), and the toe (looking down at the wheels from above). We will also set the tire pressure to the manufacturer’s specifications. And with our 6-month/6,000 mile guarantee, you will know that you are getting your money’s worth.

For years, Bargain Tire has been Idaho’s trusted tire and automotive shop. Call or visit us online to schedule an appointment today!