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What is a Four Wheel Alignment?A simple explanation of an alignment is the relationship of all four tires to each other, and to the road. When a Walker Chevrolet technician performs a four wheel alignment on your car, truck or SUV, they are using an alignment rack to measure and adjust this relationship to factory specifications. Depending on where and how you use your vehicle, it is recommended that your Chevy be aligned at least once a year; or any time tires, steering or suspension components are replaced.
Why a Four Wheel Alignment is Important?For your Chevrolet to handle properly when driving, cornering and braking, the vehicle must be properly aligned. Additionally, if your car, truck or SUV is out of alignment, it can cause premature tire wear and result in the need to replace one or more tires before their useful life has expired. Wheel alignment helps ensure maximum tire contact with the road under various driving conditions and loads.
How Do I know if my Chevy Needs and Alignment?Say you’re driving down Interstate 65 in Nashville TN and your car or truck wants to drift to one side of the road when the intention is to drive straight ahead. This is known as “pull” and is one of the most common symptoms of a vehicle that is out of alignment. You find yourself “fighting the wheel” or turning away from the direction that the vehicle is pulling toward to drive in a straight line. It is possible that low tire pressure on one side of the vehicle or road crown can cause a pulling sensation. If your tire pressure is set to factory specifications and your Chevy is pulling on different types of roads (back roads and highways), chances are it is out of alignment and should be checked by a qualified Walker Chevrolet technician.
Another indicator of poor alignment is uneven tire wear. A tire that is excessively worn on one side, or that has developed a rough pattern on one side (known as scalloping) is likely caused by a Chevy that is out of alignment.