A wheel alignment is an important service that returns the vehicle's wheels back into their proper orientation. Wheel Alignment and Wheel Balancing are two totally different things: Wheel Alignment ensures the wheels are angled perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other, and promotes maximum tire life and true tracking on a straight and level road.  Wheel Balancing uses lead weights to balance out any heavy spots, enabling the tires and wheels to spin without vibration.  Misalignment may also cause vibration that you'll feel especially in the steering wheel. Wheel Alignment extends the life of your tires by allowing more even wear, and makes for safer driving.

Over time, road conditions take a toll on your vehicle's suspension and something as simple as hitting a curb or a pothole can cause your vehicle to be out of alignment. Regular inspection is crucial to passenger safety, and so it's a good idea to have your alignment checked annually, such as when you have your tires rotated. You certainly should have it checked when you buy new tires to avoid uneven wear from the outset.

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