If you notice that your car is pulling to the right or left, or if you notice uneven wear on your tires, it may be a sign that it is time to get a front end alignment done. A front end alignment is not something that most people can do on their own. It requires a professional mechanic that has the right tools and equipment to do the job the right way.
What is Needed for a Front End Alignment?
There are many different tools that are used to do a front end alignment. The amount that a car is out of alignment can vary widely. Some cars are very out of alignment. They will pull to one side of the road and the tires will wear very unevenly. Other cars may be only slightly out of alignment. They may not show the obvious signs. The only way to tell for sure is by using tools that can measure the alignment of the car. These tools can detect a problem within a hundredth of an inch. They use computers to get the most accurate measurements.
A trained mechanic is also necessary. Cars have become much more complicated over the years. They have road stability sensors and they have front and rear wheels involved in the steering of the cars. Each car may have different specifications that have to be known for a proper front end alignment. When a mechanic has not gotten the training they need in front end alignments, they could end up damaging the car more than helping it.
Most mechanics recommend checking the alignment of the car every 6,000 miles. That does not mean that it will always need to be aligned, it is just a good time to do an inspection. It is also a good idea to have the front end alignment inspected if you have run over potholes or other things that may have damaged the car.
Find out if your car needs a front end alignment by calling Lorentz Automotive today.