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Getting your car’s wheel alignment checked is essential for every driver’s car maintenance routine. And depending on your driving habits and maintenance schedule, your vehicle’s alignment should be checked by a certified repair facility or ASE Certified technician. This will help to ensure your vehicle is as safe and secure as you can be, as misalignment can cause excessive tire wear, increasing your chance of potential blowout or other serious issues. You’ll even find yourself filling up your gas tank more often, as you’ll also be burning through fuel more inefficiently than you would on properly aligned wheels.
So, to help you protect yourself and your vehicle, it’s important to identify when you should get an alignment check.
An alignment check is just that, a way of checking the direction your tires are pointing. When your vehicle and the tires are correctly aligned, they’ll turn in unison in response to your steering column and will help your vehicle handle more efficiently.
When a mechanic performs an alignment check, they will measure your wheels’ angles against manufacturer recommendations. If they don’t meet the recommendations, our experts suggest adjusting them right away. Mechanics will also check your tires, suspension, and steering components to see if they have any unusual wear or damage.
An alignment check is a standard part of car maintenance and is typically offered whenever tires are replaced. However, a trained professional can do alignment checks at any point of the year.
But, while important, an alignment check for the front tires alone can cost up to $100 or up to $200. You may get lucky with some local auto shops that may offer the alignment check services for free, but chances are, they won’t. When this happens, an Advantage auto protection package from Endurance can help you save up to $25 toward your next alignment check. Not only that, but you’ll also find coverage for up to $3,500 on other essential services, including engine diagnostic exams, tire rotations and more
When a mechanic performs an alignment check, they’ll examine the three angles of alignment:
If you’re unsure whether your car has a proper alignment, you can rest easy. When you’re an Endurance customer, you’ll automatically have the benefit of 24/7 roadside assistance to help take you to the nearest mechanic to get an alignment check, helping you avoid any potential additional damage that can later result in a breakdown. Plus, any tow within 25 miles from home listed on your contract is covered by us. You’ll even have trip-interruption and substitute transport included as well, at no additional cost to you.
To know if your vehicle’s alignment is off, check for warning signs such as:
All the above problems or situations are clear signs that your alignment needs a check-up and possible re-calibrating. Failing to get your alignment checked can result in more significant wear and tear on other components and premature damage to your tires. Your suspension and steering column can also experience issues down the line if this continues to be neglected over time. Learning how to take care of your car by keeping up with your maintenance is essential to avoid sudden breakdowns from happening.
Important Tip: Always get your alignment checked when you get new tires.
Getting new tires is a standard car maintenance task. Some shops may do this automatically, but they will commonly ask if you want this service included
Whether you own a daily vehicle or a weekend cruiser, ensuring your car, truck or SUV has proper alignment can help avoid unnecessary wear and tear to your tires. With an Advantage auto protection plan, you can take the worry out of your next alignment check with up to $25 worth of savings. On top of that, you’ll also have access to even more coverage and savings, including a full $3,500 towards other regular (and essential) maintenance tasks like up to three oil and filter changes, engine diagnostic exams and state safety inspection services. You’ll also have access to several other special, one-time services, such as cooling system maintenance, a battery replacement, a brake pad/shoe replacement and more.
Each new and existing Endurance customer will also enjoy 24/7 roadside assistance and other standard benefits with the purchase of any Endurance auto protection plan. You will even immediately get access to a full year’s worth of Endurance Elite Benefits, including up to two tire replacements or repairs, collision discounts and more, for just a small $29 activation fee.
Request a free quote or give our award-winning team a call today at 800-253-8203 to learn more about how Endurance can help protect you and your vehicle from expensive auto repairs. You can also visit our Learning Center to find even more articles on topics such as other automotive FAQs, expert auto tips, vehicle buying guides and much more.
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