Alignments — are they really worth the time and effort…and cost? One of the many realities of operating service centers in Colorado for the last 3 decades and educating our customers on good general maintenance practices is the need for 1) making sure our folks have good tires on their vehicle (with an effective tread depth never less than 4/32”) and 2) keeping those tires maintained for the longest and most effective life possible. When our automotive industry refers to ‘preventive maintenance’ w/regards to vehicle safety, longevity and value, we sometimes forget to include tires in that overview. It’s my humble opinion, and that of many of my colleagues, that tires are also an essential ‘preventive maintenance’ item that is all too often overlooked.
FTR (for the record) — The only contact that a vehicle makes with Mother Earth is essentially the area of four slices of toast. Given that and the need for traction in our various and challenging driving environments, well-maintained tires are critical to safe operation of a vehicle. In a perfect world when tires are installed they would roll and respond correctly without issue for their entire life. In Colorado especially, we know that that’s not true when you factor in our potholes, road work, and/or other roadway issues like sliding into curbs under slippery conditions, etc. You realize that keeping a tire aligned on a vehicle is critical to proper tire wear.
And let’s face it, tires are not cheap…and cheap tires are not good (you can put that in stone!). Given the high cost of tires today, keeping those tires properly aligned makes good economic sense too. Tires will simply last longer, drive more comfortably, and respond in a better fashion when they are properly aligned. And let’s not forget the importance of maintaining proper air pressure (monthly) and rotating our tires every 5000 miles or so. All of these things add up to longer wear, better handling and more traction.
So, in the end, if you feel your car or truck pulling to one side or the other, notice excessive shoulder wear on a tire or just don’t feel like your car wants to drive down the road in a fairly straight line—you may need an alignment. BUT, it could be low air pressure in a tire or two as well—check that first!
Have your tires and alignment checked, and adjusted as needed, at least annually or sooner if there’s an issue. It’s a smart, proactive part of good vehicle maintenance. We all deserve the peace of mind of a good operating vehicle and the safety that well-maintained tires afford.
Stay safe out there, be kind to each other and remember …
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