Wheel alignment consists of a series of interrelated measurements
and adjustments that bring a vehicle's steering, suspension and
on-road driving characteristics into manufacturers specifications.
Purpose: Proper wheel alignment reduces tire wear,
improves fuel economy and handling, while increasing driving enjoyment
Have your car's alignment checked once a year. Normal wear and road
conditions can take their toll on your cars steering and suspension
system, possibly throwing the alignment settings out of specifications.
For best results, seek a reliable alignment shop and qualified technician
who can perform a four-wheel alignment on your car. Traditionally,
alignments have always been associated with only the front wheels,
but no longer. Some common symptoms of your car needing an alignment
include uneven tire tread wear, pulling to one side, wandering,
and an off-center steering wheel.
Wheel balance refers to the proper distribution of weight around
a revolving tire and wheel assembly. Poor wheel balance can have
a marked impact on both your car and your safety.
Purpose: Proper wheel balance ensures that the
wheels, while spinning, do not have a heavy spot that can cause
vibration and premature wear of tires, struts, shocks and other
steering and suspension components. When combined with proper wheel
alignment, balanced wheels ensure smooth and enjoyable driving.
Maintenance Tips/Suggestions: The most common
signs of unbalanced tires are vibration and noise problems. When
driving with an out-of-balance wheel, the wheel literally bounces
down the road rather than spinning smoothly. This can affect the
speed, handling and mileage of your car. It's a good idea to have
your car's wheels balanced when rotating the tires, about every
Description: Exhaust pipe is a general term for several different pipes used
throughout the exhaust system.Exhaust pipes may be made of standard
or stainless steel.
Purpose: Exhaust pipes route exhaust gas away from
the engine, through the catalytic converter and muffler and out
the rear of the vehicle. As a result, pollution and sound are reduced,
while ensuring safety by directing exhaust gas away from the vehicle.
Maintenance Tips/Suggestions: Have your vehicle's
exhaust system inspected periodically to keep your car safe.Keep
in mind that exhaust gas,can be deadly if it enters the interior
of the car.
Tire rotation refers to the regular practice of switching the position
of each tire on the car.
Purpose: Tire rotation helps to equalize tread
wear and is critical to gain the maximum life from your tire investment.
Maintenance Tips/Suggestions: Refer to your owner's
manual for the recommended rotation interval and pattern, generally
a rotation interval of 6,000 miles is recommended. The rotation
pattern varies with different makes and models, which shows the
tire locations during rotation. Some vehicles have different size
tires on the front and back or directional tires. This limits the
locations that a tire may take on the vehicle. When in doubt, check
the owne's manual or consult a professional technician for guidance.
Tire rotation time also offers a good opportunity to have the tires
and wheels balanced. It's another step you can take to maximize
your tire investment.
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