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Madison, WI 53716

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“My car is acting weird. It won’t go straight even though I’m steering straight; and my tires seem to be wearing unevenly”. Don’t feel like you’re alone with this dilemma. It’s quite common.  You are experiencing one of the four signs of a bad alignment.

Every new car coming off the assembly line comes with preset special angles that position your tires correctly. This is called proper alignment and is required for your tires to track with the steering wheel of your car.  If your vehicle is misaligned, you will experience the symptoms mentioned above.

When you drive down poorly maintained roads, hit potholes, or even a curb, it can cause damage to the wheel alignment. When your vehicle is properly aligned, it ensures optimal drivability by keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction. It helps your tires last longer and your vehicle drive smoother. It will also require less energy to keep going, potentially saving you money on fuel.

What are the 4 Signs of a Bad Alignment?

  • The vehicle pulls to the left or right
  • Uneven or rapid tire wear 
  • A steering wheel is not aligned with the direction of your vehicle.
  • Squealing tires

Wheel alignment is based on tire angles, which go hand-in-hand with vehicle chassis height. If you have too much weight loading down your backend, it lowers your vehicle height and thus throws off your alignment. Ideally, tires should wear evenly across the tread. Uneven tire wear can result in decreased miles per gallons. Misalignment shortens a tire’s life by thousands of miles and compromises crucial steering and suspension parts.

You will want to be sure to have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles or so, or at the very least, with every other oil change or at the first sign of uneven or premature tire wear.  It is much more cost effective to pay for a car alignment service than to purchase a new set of tires!

Do you need to know more about the signs of a bad alignment?  Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Clausen Automotive, The Hybrid Shop, for more information about wheel alignment and to schedule an appointment. Since 1975, our family-owned auto shop has proudly served vehicle owners in Madison, WI, and the surrounding communities.

If you’re facing one of the signs of a bad alignment, schedule a wheel alignment service at your car shop to prevent further damage to your car.
05
Feb
2018

“My car is acting weird. It won’t go straight even though I’m steering straight; and my tires seem to be wearing unevenly”. Don’t feel like you’re alone with this dilemma. It’s quite common.  You are experiencing one of the four signs of a bad alignment.

Every new car coming off the assembly line comes with preset special angles that position your tires correctly. This is called proper alignment and is required for your tires to track with the steering wheel of your car.  If your vehicle is misaligned, you will experience the symptoms mentioned above.

When you drive down poorly maintained roads, hit potholes, or even a curb, it can cause damage to the wheel alignment. When your vehicle is properly aligned, it ensures optimal drivability by keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction. It helps your tires last longer and your vehicle drive smoother. It will also require less energy to keep going, potentially saving you money on fuel.

What are the 4 Signs of a Bad Alignment?

  • The vehicle pulls to the left or right
  • Uneven or rapid tire wear 
  • A steering wheel is not aligned with the direction of your vehicle.
  • Squealing tires

Wheel alignment is based on tire angles, which go hand-in-hand with vehicle chassis height. If you have too much weight loading down your backend, it lowers your vehicle height and thus throws off your alignment. Ideally, tires should wear evenly across the tread. Uneven tire wear can result in decreased miles per gallons. Misalignment shortens a tire’s life by thousands of miles and compromises crucial steering and suspension parts.

You will want to be sure to have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles or so, or at the very least, with every other oil change or at the first sign of uneven or premature tire wear.  It is much more cost effective to pay for a car alignment service than to purchase a new set of tires!

Do you need to know more about the signs of a bad alignment?  Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Clausen Automotive, The Hybrid Shop, for more information about wheel alignment and to schedule an appointment. Since 1975, our family-owned auto shop has proudly served vehicle owners in Madison, WI, and the surrounding communities.

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