When you drive your car, truck, van, or SUV, many systems have to interact with each other to keep your vehicle moving forward, stopping correctly, and maintaining a generally safe mode of operation. One of these systems is the steering system, which must be maintained on a regular schedule to ensure proper functioning while the vehicle is in use.
Steering isn’t quite as simple as just turning the steering wheel to activate a change in front wheel orientation. There are also ratios that must be maintained between the wheels, ratios that must be set with precision equipment. This is done for two main reasons:
- Reduction of ‘pull’ to either side while vehicle is moving: When your wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will tend to drift to one side or another unless the driver corrects for this. This is an unsafe condition that requires immediately attention.
- Even wear on tire tread: If wheels are not aligned correctly, the tire tread will wear down prematurely on the sides of the tire, instead of along the center of the tire. Uneven tire tread can exacerbate the steering issue even further.
Most manufacturers recommend tire alignments according to specific mileage intervals. To determine the right maintenance interval for your vehicle, just call and ask. Our ASE-certified mechanics can tell you what steering-related services might be needed for your vehicle.
Wheel Alignment Services You Can Rely On
Because we offer a full range of automotive services, we can perform repairs and servicing for the entire vehicle, from bumper to bumper. If we detect an issue with one system while servicing or repairing another system, we’ll tell you and advise you of all of your options. In this way, we are unique: other car repair shops can’t provide comprehensive service for the entire vehicle.
With every service or repair job we complete, we also provide every customer with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty that covers parts and labor. Our customers love the peace of mind that comes with trusting their vehicles to us — it’s what has made our mechanic shop so successful in the Englewood area. At Thompson Automotive, we deliver affordable, professional automotive service excellence with an unparalleled level of customer service.
Have a question about the alignment needs of your specific car, truck, van, or SUV? Schedule an appointment with one of our master technicians. We’ll work with your schedule to get you in, get you out, and get you back on the road as soon as possible.