Correctly aligned tires will reduce tire wear, and ensure that your vehicle travels straight and true (without "pulling" to one side). Your tires should be checked during routine maintenance, but if you notice uneven tire wear or your car is pulling to one side, you should have a qualified automotive technician examine your car. You can trust the technicians at The MIKE Shop of your choice to thoroughly examine your vehicle's tires and correct the alignment if necessary.
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Wheel alignment (or simply alignment) is standard car maintenance that involves adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the manufacturer's specifications. The main purpose is to let the suspension and the steering systems operate at their desired angles - this reduces tire wear. Alignment is a complicated process and not all mechanics get it right. To have experts handle your car's alignment, visit The MIKE Shop of your choice.
How long does a full alignment take?Wheel alignments typically take one hour for both two-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles. However, excessive wear and tear on suspension components like bushings, track rods, or the system itself can require replacements, extending the service time.
What happens if you wait too long for an alignment?Tire alignment is crucial for maintaining optimal tire performance and lifespan. Even slight misalignments, undetectable to the naked eye but measurable in tenths of degrees or hundredths of inches, can lead to premature and uneven wear. As time passes, this wear becomes more pronounced, impacting both safety and fuel efficiency. To avoid these issues, regular alignment checks every 6,000 miles are recommended.
What is checked during an alignment?Three crucial aspects are assessed during a tire alignment inspection: camber, toe, and caster. Camber refers to the angle formed by the vertical axis of the tire and a line perpendicular to the road surface, as viewed from the front. When the top of the tire tilts inwards, creating an "X" shape with the wheels, it's considered negative camber. This can increase wear on the tire's inner edge through increased friction.
Do I need an alignment after replacing tires?The answer is yes! A proper wheel alignment ensures precise angles between wheels and the road, maximizing tire life, enhancing handling, and distributing wear evenly across the tread. This translates to better fuel efficiency, safer driving, and a more enjoyable ride.
Don't let uneven tire wear diminish the longevity of your tires. Experience a fast and cost-effective tire alignment at our shop in Lombard. Call us today at 630-495-2700 to schedule an appointment.
Did a great job of tightening my car's tie rods and their wheel alignment. Definitely recommend. They communicate transparently and never leave details out. Was the most affordable place to get this job done in Lombard/Villa Park.A K
I needed an alignment, brought the car in, and approximately 2 hours later, I was driving off the lot with a perfectly aligned steering wheel. I'd give ten stars if I could.The_Lord_Of_ Beefjerkey
Mike More Miles Is Great! Went in for an Alignment on my Acadia and they did a Great Job on it. Very quick service. I was refered to Mike More Miles from South Auto Repair on Lake St in Aurora.Joe Martinez