In order for your vehicle to ride as it is supposed to, the wheels must be aligned correctly. Improper wheel alignment may affect the way your Mercedes-Benz rides, and this can also have a negative effect on your car’s tires. Fortunately, you can arrange to have your car’s wheels checked and your vehicle realigned on a regular basis. If you do this, you could save money by lengthening the life of the tires on your car. A knowledgeable, local mechanic at Collins Automotive can perform this service and help you get the most from your Mercedes-Benz.
What Causes Improper Wheel Alignment
The wheels on your car can become improperly aligned due to a variety of factors. Going over a pothole can certainly cause the wheel alignment to become “off”. If you bump into a curb, post, or other object, the impact may have an adverse effect on the alignment of your vehicle. Additionally, wheel misalignment may be an inevitable result of normal wear and tear on your vehicle’s suspension system.
Signs Worth Noting
You may not always be able to determine whether your vehicle needs to be realigned. However, if you notice certain patterns or signs while you’re driving, they may serve as indicators that the wheel alignment is probably off. One sign worth noting is vibration coming from your steering wheel. Another issue that may indicate a problem is when your vehicle feels as though it’s pulling in a direction other than the one in which you are attempting to steer it.
Uneven wear on your car’s tires is a common indication that the wheels have become misaligned. This is because improper alignment causes an imbalance of weight on the tires. Repeated use while the alignment is off will lead to more wear and tear on one side of a tire than on the other. You might notice that your tires seem smoother on one side – this can be a sign that your vehicle should be taken in for realignment maintenance.
Wheel alignment does not typically take a long time to do, but it can be a fairly complex process. The suspension system will generally need to be reconfigured, so the wheels can be aligned properly with the road and with each other. This involves the use of an alignment machine. During such a visit, a technician will probably check the suspension on your vehicle, in case additional maintenance is necessary. If the steering wheel is not centered properly, this may also be corrected during an alignment visit.
Contact Us for More Information
If you can’t remember the last time you had your vehicle realigned, you may want to contact us for more information. Our free quote form requires only a few basic details to get the process started. You might consult your owner’s manual to see how often routine alignment checks should be scheduled. Our technicians can also assist you in planning the best times to schedule wheel alignment visits for your Mercedes-Benz.
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