Fort Collins Auto Repair

What Causes Misaligned Wheels?

Wheel alignment is a highly involved subject covering many different aspects of your car, SUV, or truck. Misaligned wheels are when your tires point in the wrong direction and can be corrected by a proper wheel alignment. As you can guess, misaligned wheels are a significant safety hazard as it will affect your steering and suspension. Additionally, they could influence your safety and the stability of your tires.


There are various ways for your vehicle to lose its alignment. 

Wheel misalignment can be induced by:

  • Ramming into potholes
  • Hitting the curb 
  • Flying through speed bumps
  • Crashing into concrete parking stalls
  • General wear and tear—as cars age, their rubber parts will start cracking or losing their elasticity. Ball and socket joints will also become loose.


What Happens If You Skip Over a Wheel Alignment?

If you overlook misaligned wheels, you might as well be throwing all your money out the window. Without the proper adjustments, your tread will wear down significantly faster. In addition, you'll likely have to work harder to handle your vehicle when driving. You may even lose complete control of your car if it is that bad. You can avoid all of these mishaps with a simple wheel alignment.


The team at ASR recommends an alignment inspection with every oil change. A lot of things can happen throughout an oil change interval, after all. You may plow potholes, drive down rough roads, or worse, ram your wheels on the curb while making a sudden turn. 


The longer you put an alignment on hold, the more likely you will hurt your vehicle and the more money you will have to fork out as a result. If you can't remember when you got your last wheel alignment, please give us a call at (970) 294-7768 or visit ASR Automotive today!

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