Reasons Why Wheel Alignment is Important - information from the the pros at Shingle Springs Subaru serving Sacramento, CA

It's no secret that wheel alignments are an important part of properly maintaining your car, truck, or SUV. But why is it so important? Is the tire shop in cahoots with the alignment shop to help their bosses make boat payments, or is regular wheel alignment as important as they say? Well, our authorized Subaru dealership service center has seen a lot since we first started over thirty years ago. We have no doubt that proper wheel alignment is every bit as important as most mechanics will tell you, and we go over five of the more significant reasons below. If you have any questions, please give us a call or swing by in person at 4045 Wild Chaparral Drive, Shingle Springs, CA 95682.

Mechanic fixing a car suspension

5. Taking Care Of Your Car's Suspension

As you might imagine, there's a bit more to the suspension on your vehicle than a big spring. A lot of engineering went into exactly how the wheels on your vehicle are attached, turned, and hold up to some of the biggest potholes Northern California has to offer. But even the legendary capability and strength of Subaru suspension needs a little maintenance in the form of a wheel alignment. As your vehicle's suspension accommodates all the bumps and turns in the road, the alignment of the wheels can slowly come out of whack. Continuing to drive with wheels that are not properly aligned will eventually take a toll on other suspension parts like bushings, tie rods, and ball joints. While these are all wear items that will eventually need to be replaced, they should last a very long time. Keeping the wheels aligned will help ensure they do.

Automotive front suspension with steering rack

4. Keeping Your Vehicle Reliable

Excessive tire wear is a common problem with wheels that are out of alignment, and we mentioned how this can also cause unnecessary wear to your suspension. What all that adds up to is a vehicle that may not be as reliable as it should be. From broken ball joints and tie rods to flat tires, neglecting the wheel alignment puts you at greater risk for all these serious problems on the road. What's more, all-wheel drive vehicles like Subaru SUVs and cars need to keep all four wheels in perfect alignment for the all-wheel drive system to work and last as long as possible.

3. Fuel Economy

Did you know that driving with wheels out of alignment can be like dragging a tire sideways over the pavement? It's no wonder they tend to wear out so quickly on vehicles that aren't aligned. Aside from the tire damage, misaligned wheels can take a noticeable toll on your fuel economy. We rely on our vehicles to safely take us for more miles than you might realize. Just the daily commute puts thousands of miles on your wheels every year. Even if you're just losing a couple miles per gallon due to misaligned wheels, that can add up quick.

Car wheels being aligned

2. Wheel Alignment Checks Save Money

We've covered this, but we think this point is big enough to deserve its own spot here in #2 on our list of reasons why you should keep your wheels properly aligned. Having your wheel alignment checked at least once per year and anytime you notice your steering wheel isn't straight when you're driving straight down the road will save you money coming and going. You won't need to replace tires unnecessarily, it'll save you gas, the suspension system will last longer, and all-wheel drive systems will have fewer problems. It all adds up to serious savings by simply adding a wheel alignment check to your routine car maintenance.

1. Safety

While saving money by taking good care of your ride is always important, there is something much more important. Today's roads are already unpredictable and dangerous with so many distracted drivers and other surprises. Driving a vehicle with misaligned wheels or otherwise compromised safety just isn't worth it. If your steering wheel is pulling to one side on a straight road, it only takes a quick glance at the radio or gauge cluster to find yourself driving into the other lane or worse. If you're experiencing any signs of bad wheel alignment in your vehicle, come see us as soon as possible and let our Subaru service center take care of your car so you stay as safe as possible out there.