4 signs you’re due for a wheel alignment

November 20th, 2019 by

When it comes to routine car maintenance, most people are familiar with the basics. You know you should schedule routine oil changes and that it’s necessary to have your tires rotated regularly. You might even know that you need to schedule brake service and battery checks on a routine basis, too. However, do you know when and why to schedule a wheel alignment? We’re here with facts straight from our Clermont Toyota service experts.

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What is a wheel alignment?

Before you understand when and why you need to schedule a wheel alignment, you need to know what one is! This auto service is when our Clermont Toyota service techs make sure that all your tires and axles are pointing in the same direction – basically, they square everything up. They may also adjust certain elements of your suspension and check to ensure your steering wheel is properly centered.

Why are wheel alignments so important? Without them, you can wear out your tires faster, do damage to your axles and suspension, and even end up in an accident. That’s why it’s so important to get them on a routine basis… but what’s a routine basis? Our Clermont auto service techs say every 2-3 years is generally a good rule of thumb unless you get into an accident or get a new set of tires. When you get your car a new set of shoes, they need a wheel alignment before you get back out on the road.

When is it time to schedule this auto service?

However, not everyone can wait 2-3 years before scheduling a wheel alignment. Here are 4 signs you need to call Toyota of Clermont’s service center to schedule an appointment:

1) Your car pulls to one side. Does it feel like your car is pulling against the steering wheel to the left or right? Or maybe when you take your hands off the wheel, your ride drifts to one side instead of continuing in a straight line. Both are signs you’re due for a wheel alignment and need to get your car in ASAP.

2) Your tires are wearing unevenly. Your tires should wear evenly, especially if you schedule routine Orlando tire rotations. If you notice them wearing unevenly it means things are out of whack when it comes to your wheels and you need our auto service techs to set it right.

3) Your steering wheel is shaking. If your steering wheel is shuddering or shaking when you’re driving (and you’re not on tricky off-road terrain), then it’s time to plan a visit to our Toyota of Clermont service center to check out the alignment.

4) Your tires are making squealing noises. Your tires shouldn’t make odd squealing noises – if they are, then it’s possible things are misaligned when it comes to your wheels. Let our techs explore what’s going on so you can get your peace and quiet back.

Need to schedule service? Call us today – Toyota of Clermont’s service center is open seven days a week at 16851 State Road 50, just west of the Florida Turnpike. You can reach us at (352) 404-7001.

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