If your wheel gets knocked out of alignment by driving over a pothole, or speeding over a speed bump, you’ll still be able to drive, but your car will not handle as well. When people chat about a car’s alignment they’re discussing making sure the wheels all face the same direction.

Rotate and balance your tires every other oil change and have your front and rear brakes inspected for wear and tear when they are rotating the tires. If your Fort Worth mechanic advises you of irregular tire wear you should have the alignment adjusted. Once you know what to look for the signs of a car’s alignment become obvious. Some of the red flags of bad alignment consist of a shaking steering wheel, a constant need to straighten your wheel, uneven wear and tear on your tires or vibration of the steering wheel while traveling at high speeds. A vibration in the seat is caused by unbalanced tires and requires maintenance from your Fort Worth ASE Certified Technician.

One of the mistaken beliefs drivers have is that the alignment comes from the tires and wheels. That is not true. When aligning your car it is mainly fine-tuning the suspension not the tires and wheels. Four terms to know are the caster, camber, toe, and ride height. The caster supports the wheel and tire assembly. A true vertical must be formed by the ball joints in order to classify a caster. Being able to fine-tune the caster assures quality steering and high-speed constancy. By looking at the front of the vehicle you can find the tilt, which determines the camber. Adjusting the camber makes the best use of the tire-to-road contact and takes into consideration a vehicle’s turning radius. From a bird’s-eye view toe reveals whether the tires are toe-in (closer) or toe-out (farther) when compared to the rear tires. Typically, in a front wheel drive vehicle there is an inward pull when the vehicle is in motion. Finally, the road height is the area between the vehicle’s frame and the road.

Your Fort Worth City Garage offers a $5 off any wheel alignment totaling over $60. Stop by your Fort Worth City Garage auto repair location and let us get your car aligned. You can easily make an appointment at the most convenient Fort Worth City Garage. All locations offer Free WiFi or you can drop off your vehicle and one of our Fort Worth ASE certified mechanics will bring it to your home or office when your car is aligned. Also, don’t forget to become a City Garage Preferred Customer to save on your next visit on all offered services and repairs.