Wheel Alignment

At Luyet Automotive, our expert technicians use the latest computerized alignment technology to detect misalignments as small as one-tenth of a degree, which allows them to get your vehicle’s alignment back to original manufacture settings.  We have a Hoffman Geoliner 790 Alignment Machine.

Even if you haven’t noticed any signs or damage, your alignment might be off.  Subtle changes can cause uneven tire wear and premature replacement.  Alignments are a necessary maintenance service throughout the life of your vehicle and should be check periodically.  It is recommended that when tires are replaced, an alignment is performed.

Before performing wheel alignments, our ASE certified technicians, perform a front end inspection.  Why do we do this?  It is important that front end parts, for example, ball joints, control arms, sway bar links, etc. are not loose and that they are functioning properly.  If front end parts are loose, these parts should be replaced before performing the wheel alignment.  If these front end parts are worn, the alignment cannot be performed correctly.  Front end parts can cause excess wear to tires and premature tire replacement.  Our technicians inspect each customer’s vehicle tires during each oil change inspection.  For more information on Tire Wear click here.

What are the symptoms of a vehicle with incorrect alignment?

Have your vehicle checked if you notice:

  • Excessive or uneven tire wear
  • The vehicle pulls to the left or right
  • Feeling of looseness or wandering
  • Steering wheel vibration or shimmy
  • Steering wheel is not centered when the vehicle is moving straight ahead

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or you are unsure when your last alignment or alignment check was give Luyet Automotive a call today to have your tires inspected and alignment performed.

The importance of Total Alignment:

  • Reduced Tire Wear: Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear. Over the years, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to tire life. Most tires are replaced prematurely due to adverse wear.
  • Better Gas Mileage: Gas mileage increases as rolling resistance decreases. Total Alignment sets all four wheels parallel, which along with proper inflation, minimizes rolling resistance.
  • Improved Handling: Does your car pull to one side? Do you constantly have to move the steering wheel to keep your car traveling straight ahead? Many handling problems can be corrected by Total Alignment service. With all the vehicle components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.
  • Safer Driving: A suspension system inspection is part of the alignment procedure. This allows worn parts to be detected before they cause costly problems.

How important is wheel alignment?

Think of it this way: Research indicates that the average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with a toe angle misadjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year!

How often should I have my vehicle aligned?

Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation noted in your owner’s manual. As a general rule, have your wheel alignment checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year. We recommend doing an alignment with new tire purchases as well.