Do you need your wheels aligned regularly here at Boward Ford Lincoln in St. Augustine, FL? Yes, if you want to use less gas, increase your tires' life, and ensure your vehicle has safe handling.
A new Ford comes from the factory with all four tires in proper alignment. The toe angle refers to the measurement between two tires. The tires should be at equal distances apart and parallel to the road. The caster angle involves the degree of pivot the tires have when the steering wheel is turned. The tires should turn in unison with the steering wheel. Camber is the angle of the wheels in relation to the ground. Each wheel should be perpendicular to the ground. With such precision measurements required for your car's best ride, it is easy to see why wheel alignment is so important in the Anastasia Island, St. Johns, and Fruit Cove areas.
There are usually three prominent signs that indicate the need to realign your wheels. One is uneven wear on a tire. If this happens, you may wind up replacing a fairly new tire with lots of tread on one side, but unusable. Another sign is a bumpy ride because a misaligned tire, especially one that is not wearing equally, causes your tires to respond to the road unequally. The third sign is a pull to one side or the other. Your car should drive down the road straight when you hold the wheel in the center.
Some vehicles need only the front two tires aligned. But if your car is all-wheel or has four-wheel drive, you will need all four aligned together. Your mechanic uses special equipment that checks the three angles of your tires. They are then adjusted until all three angles meet the specifications for your Ford.
On average, at least every two to three years. However, if you drive on bumpy roads or roads with lots of traffic bumps, more often may be needed. If your vehicle hits a curb hard, your alignment is probably now offline. Also, of course, if you experience any of the three signs mentioned above.
If you have questions or any of the problems listed above, give us a call here at Bozard Ford Lincoln in St. Augustine, FL. We will be glad to set up an appointment in our service department to look at your vehicle over and perform any needed repairs.