How Often Should a Car Alignment be done?

Are you noticing some steering problems as you head down the road, such as drifting to the side, or the steering wheel isn’t straight when the wheels are straight? It’s probably time for a wheel alignment service.

Proper wheel alignment involves setting the camber (inward or outward tilt of the wheels when looking head-on), caster (wheel tilt front or back looking from the side) and toe-in or toe-out (looking down at the wheels from above). These adjustments are measured in fractions of an inch and require specialized alignment equipment.

So how often should a car alignment be done? Simply stated, whenever you start to notice steering problems or premature tire wear. It is possible to skew the alignment without realizing it, such as hitting curbs, going too fast over speed bumps, hitting potholes too fast, or having an accident, no matter how minor.

Here are some noticeable signs that indicate a misalignment:

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

Car alignment problems are more damaging than most drivers know. Not only does it affect the handling of your vehicle, but it adds excessive wear and tear to your tires, suspension, and steering systems. The price of an alignment service is much more cost-effective than paying for a new set of tires

Want to know more about how often should a car alignment be done? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Dependable Car Care for more information about our wheel alignment services and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Ventura, CA, and the surrounding area.