Precise Alignment Equipment–Checkpoint Automotive

Top 5 Signs You Need a Wheel Alignment

Most of us have heard of a wheel alignment, but are still not sure when we actually need to receive one. Unlike the brakes and the transmission, it may not be so obvious when there’s a misalignment or malfunction. Checkpoint Automotive Inc. in Aurora, CO uses advanced laser guided wheel alignment racks and equipment to provide precision alignment repairs. Continuing to drive with misaligned wheels can become dangerous for you, your fellow passengers, and other motorists. Here are the five signs that you may need a wheel alignment:

  • Tire Tread Wearing Unevenly

  • When you bring your vehicle to Checkpoint Automotive for any of our preventative maintenance services, this will give us the opportunity to spot a wheel alignment need. During our tire services–tire inspections, tire rotations, tire pressure checks, etc.–we can analyze the tire tread. If the front and back tires are wearing evenly on each side, you’re probably okay. However, if they are wearing unevenly then your vehicle is susceptible to drifting, tire puncture, and poor traction.

  • Veering Off in One Direction

  • When the vehicle’s wheels are severely misaligned, the vehicle will veer off sharply. While this could be a problem with your vehicle’s tire pressure, it could also be an alignment problem. Come to our state-of-the-art facility for a quick inspection that lets you know your alignment condition.

  • Slight Pulling

  • This can be less noticeable because drivers have unknowingly adjusted their control on the steering wheel. By loosening your grip, you should be able to determine if there is a wheel alignment need. The vehicle will drift to the right or left when you have an alignment repair need.

  • Vibrating Steering Wheel

  • If you notice that the steering wheel is vibrating, this could mean that you need a wheel alignment repair. When the tires are misaligned, they could be pulling in opposite directions. This will send a vibration that can be felt up through the steering wheel.

  • Steering Wheel Not Returning to Center

  • After you complete a turn around a corner in your vehicle, the steering wheel should automatically return to center, as the tires straighten. This happens automatically, almost without you noticing. But if the wheel doesn’t want to return to center without your help then you probably need a wheel alignment repair.