With the coldest February on record in much of Canada, rapidly followed by a warm first week of March, many roads are in pretty rough shape. They say that in Toronto a couple of Winters ago, there were 165,000 pot holes that took until July before they could all be repaired. Potholes are literally everywhere and are wreaking havoc with your tires, wheels and suspension components.
The scary thing is that your alignment can be out of whack without you even noticing a difference behind the wheel. The effects might only be visible after a few months of driving, when you then have to spend even more money. Potentially worse is that in an emergency, your vehicle may not turn or stop in the way that you expect it to, causing a potentially dangerous situation.
So why should you have an alignment? Here are ten reasons:
1. You have just installed or are about to install new tires
2. You notice uneven tire wear
3. Your steering wheel is off center
4. Your vehicle pulls to the left or right
5. Your vehicle drifts to the left or right
6. You have any unusual handling or vibration*
7. You’ve made contact with a curb or pothole
8. Your mechanic finds worn suspension components during routine service
9. Part of your routine seasonal service
10. You live in an area with rough roads, like gravel roads or an urban setting with streetcars
* note that wheel alignment will not cure a vibration, but it may have caused uneven tire wear that is actually causing the vibration. In this case, you may need wheel balance or even replacement of a tire/s.