Wheel Alignment in Costa Mesa
Most car owners expect wheel alignment when buying new tires. At Bimmer and Benz in Costa Mesa, we do, in fact, offer this service to all customers who purchase new tires. But wheel alignment may be necessary after a number of common events - if your vehicle hits a curb or drives over a big pothole, it is likely to need alignment. Even something as seemingly innocuous as bumping into a concrete parking stall can cause wheels to get out of alignment. Modern alignment machines can detect and correct misalignment as slight as 1/100th of a degree.
While it is possible to drive with wheels out of alignment, there are consequences that cannot be avoided. Tire lifespan will be significantly shortened, vehicle is likely to experience vibrations, and noise inside your car will increase. If the misalignment is severe, it may even have negative impact on handling of the car.
The benefits of proper alignment are many – quieter ride, longer tire life, smoother ride, and better vehicle control. In addition, proper alignment improves fuel economy as well.
At our Costa Mesa auto repair shop we use special equipment that can detect misalignment as slight as a hundredth of a degree – a computerized alignment machine. This process can be accomplished at the same time that you bring your vehicle for an oil service or manufacturer scheduled maintenance. Given how bad our roads are, we recommend checking wheel alignment once a year.
If your vehicle had wheel alignment done more than a year ago, and if it exhibits some of these symptoms, wheel alignment check is strongly recommended:
- Tire tread is wearing unevenly
- The steering wheel pulls to the left or right
- You experience vibration when turning
- The steering wheel is not straight when driving on a straight roadway
At Bimmer and Benz we follow a well-defined process when we perform wheel alignment:
- We examine tires for tread wear – particularly uneven wear
- We assess steering and suspension components
- We compare tire alignment with automobile manufacturer guidelines
Only after completing above steps, we will perform alignment on a computerized alignment machine.
So if your vehicle exhibits any of the symptoms described above, or you notice that tires are wearing unevenly, call Bimmer and Benz to have our certified technicians perform a professional wheel alignment. It will be good for your car, and your pocketbook. Call today for an appointment.