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Learn What Wheel Alignment is All About Here at DARCARS Honda

When it comes to the maintenance work your Honda requires if you bring it into the shop, there are probably more obvious requirements than others. Most people probably point to an oil change or inspection as one of the most pressing needs of their Honda. But have you thought about your wheel's alignment?



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Sure, you may glance down at the wheels of your vehicle and not think twice about the negative impact the open road may be having on them. But if your wheels are facing the wrong direction, they could be wearing earlier than they should be, and unevenly at that. If this is occurring without you knowing it, you could be replacing your tires much sooner than you planned on, and forking over more money than you anticipated.

Wheel misalignment can be caused by a number of on-the-road factors, including the potholes you come into contact with, the curbs you bounce over, and the sides of the roads you bump. However insignificant they may seem at the time, these incidents can make your wheels face in the wrong direction, potentially causing issues we're sure you don't want to deal with down the line.

If you notice your vehicle pulling, driving crooked, or your wheels making noises, stop what you're doing and stop into DARCARS Honda's service center so our technicians can assess and properly realign your wheels again. Even if it isn't as urgent, it is important you do this regularly, as it is a problem you may not think about often that can really come back to haunt you. Want an easy way to remember this? Just include this service the next time you come in to get your vehicle's oil change. Our skilled service team can handle this for you during that time, and keep your tires healthy for years to come.

How soon after getting tires should I get an alignment? It's a good idea to get an alignment right when you have your new tires put on. While your new tires will do their job without an alignment, they will wear more quickly without one and you'll likely notice a rougher ride. If you get an alignment when your new tires are first put on, you can enjoy a smooth ride and help your tires stay in shape for longer.

What kinds of issues are caused by improper wheel alignment? When your wheels are misaligned, your car will face a number of issues. Your tires will wear quickly and unevenly, and you'll need to replace them much sooner. It can also cause your vehicle to handle poorly and can put your suspension under additional stress, leading to eventual suspension damage. That's why it's so important to have your wheels aligned regularly.

Is it bad to drive with a bad alignment? Yes. A bad alignment can cause tire and suspension damage, and it can lead to poor vehicle handling, which can become a safety issue.

When does wheel alignment need to be corrected? Most cars require an alignment once or twice a year. Your technician can help you determine what's best for your car. And if you notice the following warning signs, then your car likely needs an alignment right away.

  • The vehicle pulls to one side.
  • Your steering wheel is off center.
  • You can feel shaking or pulsing through the steering wheel or through your seat.
  • The tires are wearing unevenly.

Give our service center a call at (866) 922-6765 to learn more about how this process works. Be proactive today by scheduling your next service here with us.