Wheel Alignment from Campbell River's Lakeland Automotive

Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle's suspension, rather than the wheels or tires. Wheel alignments help ensure that your tires are angled correctly: level with the road surface, pointing straight ahead, and parallel to each other so that they can maintain straight-line tracking. Wheel alignment plays a critical role in the performance of your vehicle, which is why it is considered standard maintenance. Tires that are out of alignment can cause uneven braking and tire wear and a shorter life expectancy for your tires, as well as problems in the steering system.


Here are 4 signs your vehicle may be in need of a wheel alignment:

  1. It pulls to the left or right when you are driving straight
  2. You notice unusual tire wear, such as an uneven tread pattern
  3. The steering wheel is not lined up correctly
  4. You have been involved in an accident or struck a pothole or curb at a high rate of speed

Lakeland Automotive offers expert wheel alignment in Campbell River to keep your vehicle operating safely and efficiently and maximize the life of your tires.


The Benefits of Ensuring Proper Wheel Alignment on Your Vehicle

Properly aligned wheels provide many benefits to the driver and the vehicle, including a reduction in fuel costs because wheels that have been aligned properly experience much less rolling resistance than misaligned wheels. Other benefits include:

  • Improved gas mileage because the engine doesn’t have to work so hard
  • Smoother driving and a lack of vibration at high speeds
  • Straighter driving with no pulling to one side or the other
  • Improved safety
  • Shorter stopping distance

What Is Wheel Alignment?

Many people confuse wheel alignment and wheel balancing but they are not the same thing. Both tasks are concerned with the vehicle's ride and handling, but each is designed to address different problems. Balancing usually is used to correct a vibration issue, while alignment deals with tire wear, steering, or tracking problems.


How Often Should a Wheel Alignment Be Performed?

If your vehicle continues going straight even when you let go of the wheel, chances are the wheels are properly aligned. Even so, it is a good idea to have your vehicle’s wheel alignment checked at least once a year, such as when you have your tires rotated or your brakes examined. It is recommended that an alignment always be performed when you purchase new tires so that they wear evenly from the beginning.

Ask one of our qualified technicians to check your vehicle’s alignment the next time you change or rotate your tires, or book an appointment now.

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