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BROOMFIELD AUTO REPAIR 205 COMMERCE ST, BROOMFIELD, CO 80020 MON – THUR: 8AM – 6PM, FRI: 8AM – 5PM (303) 465-0277
ERIE AUTO REPAIR
3332 ARAPAHOA RD, ERIE, CO 80516
MON – FRI: 8AM – 6PM
(720) 600-1105
AURORA AUTO REPAIR
17084 E QUINCY AVE, AURORA, CO 80015
MON – FRI: 8AM – 6PM
(720) 665-4460

5 Things We Love about Wheel Alignments

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Wheel alignment equipment grip the tire of car wheel in car repair shop.

Believe it or not, your car’s steering system is a modern engineering miracle. Cars didn’t even come equipped with power steering until 1951. Before, steering a car was a bit like a wrestling match—against a two-and-a-half-ton opponent.

Power steering changed this by providing hydraulic force to make driving easier. New cars even rely on electric motors to provide a similar boost. However, power steering also does a good job of masking wheel alignment problems.

Since keeping your car moving in a straight line is still relatively easy even if your alignment’s off, plenty of drivers ignore misaligned wheels until it’s severe enough to grab their attention. When this happens, you risk unnecessary wear and tear on various parts and systems.

However, wheel alignments—also known as tire alignments—prevent that. To explain, here are five things we at Fine Tined Auto in Erie, CO love about wheel alignments.

1. Preserve Your Tires

When your car’s wheels aren’t aligned properly, it puts additional strain on your tires. Not only does this cause premature tire wear, but it will also cause them to wear unevenly. 

If you catch the problem in time, a tire alignment as well as a tire rotation should be enough to solve the problem. If you don’t, you might need a new set of tires. And guess what? You’ll still need a wheel alignment at that point.

2. Reduce Driver Fatigue

Even though power steering reduces the force you need to control your vehicle, it doesn’t eliminate it. When your wheels aren’t aligned, you’ll need to counteract the drift created by turning the steering wheel, even if it’s slight.

You may not notice it right away, but it makes driving more laborious and tiresome than you think. Getting a wheel alignment will return your car to the smooth-steering, easy drive it was when you bought it.

3. Improve Gas Mileage

Remember how we mentioned poor wheel alignment could ruin your tires? That’s not all it will do. The added friction created when your tires make improper contact with the road adds substantial drag. This translates into a loss of gas mileage you’ll feel every time you go to the pump.

In fact, your vehicle may consume up to 10% more gas per mile due to a tire misalignment. Getting a wheel alignment can restore that mileage and save you on fuel.

4. Help Protect Your Suspension System

Your vehicle’s suspension system and steering are inextricably linked. If your suspension’s damaged, it will affect your steering. If your alignment’s off, it will place added strain on the suspension system, shortening its lifespan.

We probably don’t need to tell you that a wheel alignment in Erie, CO costs a fraction of the repair bill for major suspension repairs. This underscores another reason we love wheel alignments—they save you on repair costs!

5. Make Driving Safer

The last reason we love alignments is by far the most important one. It’s that they make your car safer to drive. 

When your wheel alignment’s off, your vehicle is more challenging to control. In an emergency driving situation, it makes your margin of error much smaller and increases the odds of an accident. 

An alignment is a small price to pay for your safety and everyone who rides in your vehicle.

Contact Fine Tuned Auto for Wheel Alignments in Erie, CO

We hope we’ve turned you into as big of a fan of wheel alignments as we are at Fine Tuned Auto. If not, we hope we have educated you on the importance and benefits of aligning your wheels. 

If you need a wheel alignment or any other automotive service, the team at Fine Tune Auto can and will help. Contact us by completing our online contact form, calling (720) 600-1105, or stopping by our shop at 3332 Arapahoa Rd, Erie, CO 80516.