Why Should I Have a Four-Wheel Alignment?

Even though it can be extremely subtle, your wheels can become misaligned form the normal mishaps and jolts of every day driving. Once your wheels are out of alignment, it can:

  • Negatively affect your vehicle's drivability
  • Noticeably reduce your fuel efficiency
  • Expedite the wear of your tires

 

Scheduling a four-wheel alignment in Lansing will help improve driving safety by ensuring the proper amount of tire contacts the road. In addition, a four-wheel alignment will help you optimize your fuel economy and extend the life of your tires, which can save you a substantial amount of money.

Causes of Misalignment

Over any period of time, the standard settling of suspension coupled with the stresses of bushings and springs will cause your alignment to change. In addition to the normal driving, the following factors can help push your wheels out of alignment:

  • Rubbing against a curb
  • Driving over a pothole
  • Driving over big bumps
  • Carrying heavy or large loads
  • Aggressively driving
  • Worn or damaged suspension parts like strut mounts, ball joints, tie rods, or bearing plates
  • A minor fender bender.

 

The Process of a Four-Wheel Alignment

During a four-wheel alignment, we will complete a front-end alignment as well as a rear-end alignment, which is the process of adjusting the angles of your vehicle's wheels and bringing them back to manufacturer specifications. At LaFontaine Ford of Flushing, our highly-skilled technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to quickly capture key measurements. Then we align all four wheels back to the center of the vehicle. Once we are done, you'll enjoy more even tire wear, a smoother ride, and an efficient fuel economy.