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Wheel Alignments in Philadelphia, PA
Though getting good gas mileage is everyone’s mantra, not everyone is aware that there is a much more inexpensive way to achieve that goal without buying a pricey new automobile. A proper wheel alignment is one of those things. Without proper wheel alignment, your fuel economy, tire life, and overall vehicle performance can suffer.
United Tire & Service delivers top-notch wheel alignments and other cost effective Philadelphia auto repair services.
What You Need To Know About Wheel Alignments
Your car use to drive great. Nice and straight, great handling, great road manners, good steering response and cornering. But here lately, it’s got a persistent pull to one side while you drive on straight pavement, the steering feels “heavy” and clumsy like a dump truck and the steering wheel doesn’t return to center readily after you round a corner.
That’s what it feels like when you have an alignment problem.
Your car leaves the factory with the wheels set at very specific angles for optimum handling and ride quality. These angles can drift over time, however, especially after a hard impact on a curb, pothole or railroad tracks. The angles are:
- Toe-in, the inward skew of the wheels as seen from above
- Toe-out, the opposite of toe-in
- Camber, the inward tilt of the wheel as seen from the front
- Caster, the fore-and-aft orientation of the wheels
A change in any of these angles can be enough to affect handling and drivability.
What’s worse, poor alignment can quickly wear out front tires on the inside or outside edge as the tire is “dragged along” by the other tires as it tries to steer the vehicle in another direction and the tread is literally scrubbed away. This drag also means more rolling resistance and poorer fuel economy.
At United Tire in Philadelphia, PA, our techs are equipped with the latest in front-end tools and use a specialized alignment rack to bring the angles back within spec again. The alignment rack lets the tech take very precise measurements and make minute adjustments to restore alignment to normal.
When we say “minute…” consider that if your alignment angle is off by only 1/8” and your car travels for a mile with no steering input from the driver, it would actually drift off the road by 28 feet over the course of that mile!
Get an Affordable Wheel Alignment at United Tire & Service
Don’t just put up with uneven tire wear, a pull to one side and a vehicle that drives poorly. Make an appointment with us at United Tire in Philadelphia, PA and let’s get that vehicle driving like new again. Don’t put it off!