Suspension

Suspension

Suspension and alignments that keep you on the straight and narrow.

When your tire alignment and suspension are off, your ability to drive safely is compromised. Sometimes unaligned wheels can be obvious. Your car pulls to one side of the road or your steering wheel has a vibration in it from balancing issues.

In some cases, it can be subtle and the driver won’t even notice. That’s why regular tire alignment and suspension checkups are a must do. The better maintenance you keep, the longer your car will run healthy.

If your car alignment feels off or if it has been a while since you’ve had it checked, come see us at The Mechanic OC and our suspension experts will take a look and keep your car running straight and smooth.

Standard Wheel Alignment

  • Inspect suspension and steering systems, including air pressure and tire condition
  • Vehicle placed on alignment rack, where sensors are mounted and compensated
  • Print initial tire alignment readings. Camber, caster and toe angles are adjusted according to manufacturer specifications
  • Print final tire alignment readings
  • Test drive the vehicle
  • Symptoms & Solutions

How do driving conditions affect my vehicle’s wheel alignment?

Bad roads can be your wheels’ worst enemy. If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through pot holes, or even hit a curb, your alignment can be greatly affected. This can cause even the slightest, tiniest alignment issue, which can accelerate uneven tire wear. Make sure you have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles or so. Your tires and your wallet will thank you later.

Have alignment questions? Need to schedule an alignment check? Call us.

How will a wheel alignment help my vehicle? Properly aligned wheels optimize efficient drive-ability. It will help your tires last longer, your vehicle will drive smoother because correct wheel alignment literally keep your wheels pointed in the right direction. Your car will require less energy to keep moving which could potentially save you a ton of fuel depending on the severity of the misalignment.

When your car rolled off the manufacturer assembly line, it came preset with specific angles that position your tires correctly; and for a good reason. If your alignment is off we will dial it back in for you. Tires are expensive so schedule an appointment today.

Are there any warning lights that indicate an alignment problem?

  • No. Regular checkups are a good defense though.

What does tire wear mean to my car’s alignment?

  • The name of the poor alignment game is uneven tire wear. Ideally, tires should wear evenly across the tread. If you’re noticing excessive wear on the rear inside tires, you may have too much junk in the trunk or need an alignment adjustment. Uneven tire wear can also result in less MPGs and more pain at the gas pump.

Quick Fact:

Poor alignment can shorten a tire’s life by thousands of miles and compromise very crucial steering and suspension parts. That’s a big hit to the wallet. If you don’t want to replace tires as often and enjoy the benefits of better fuel economy, have your alignment checked, at the very least, with every other oil change or at the first sign of uneven or premature tire wear.

How can I tell if my car’s alignment is off?

There are some noticeable signs that could indicate a misalignment. Just use your eyes, ears and hands. Your senses (and even the good old personal hunch) are good human capital for spotting poor alignment. Here are some common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:

  • Squealing tires
  • Uneven or rapid tire wear
  • Vehicle pulling to the left or right
  • Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight