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FAQs About Wheel Alignment

At LEO'S TIRE SERVICE, INC., a tire shop servicing the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area, we strive to educate our customers on the importance of proper vehicle maintenance. Wheel alignments are very important and an important aspect of keeping your car running right. Learn more about the benefits of wheel alignments with our frequently asked questions.


Why should I get my vehicle aligned?

To Improve Tire Wear - Most Are Replaced Prematurely Due To Adverse Wear
• For Better Gas Mileage - When All Wheels Are Parallel, Along With Proper Inflation, Rolling Resistance Is Minimized and Gas Mileage Improves
• Improved Handling - Pulling To One Side To Keep Your Vehicle Traveling Straight Is Prevented When All Components Are Aligned Properly
• Safer Driving - A Suspension System Inspection Allows Worn Parts To Be Detected Before They Cause Costly Problems

How important is wheel alignment?

Research indicates that the average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with a toe angle mis-adjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year.

What are the symptoms of a vehicle with incorrect alignment?

• Excessive Or Uneven Tire Wear
• Vehicle Pulls To the Left Or Right
• Feeling Of Looseness Or Wandering
• Vibrating or Shimmying Steering Wheel
• Steer Wheel Is Not Centered When the Vehicle Is Moving Straight

How often should I have my vehicle aligned?

As a general rule, have alignment checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year. Follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation noted in your owner's manual.