Winter is obviously among the toughest seasons for driving conditions. It can be rough on cars themselves as well, especially in the harshest climates. Once the winter is over, there’s likely a lot of wear and tear from having to drive over frozen precipitation and road salt for several months. This can greatly affect the overall performance of a vehicle over time. With that said, you need to make sure you have car checked on by a mechanic once the spring time comes around. Otherwise, you may be welcoming serious long term damage.
The most important thing you need to check on after the winter is your wheels. Changes in the temperature can cause a lot of pressure changes in your tires. If you’re not making sure they have proper care, you could end up with lots of wear, misalignment, and poor handling in general. You must also remember how many potholes and heaved pavements that the winter weather generously provide. It can turn your regular commute into an obstacle course! Of course, snow also has a tendency to disguise bumps, debris, potholes, and so on, allowing you to easily hit them and damage your tires in the process.
Given that, you need to make sure your tires are properly aligned and in good condition overall every spring. Some degree of wear is normal, but it could be problematic if it isn’t even. Since spring is a fresh start anyway, you may as well throw some simple car maintenance onto your to-do list!
What Are Wheel Alignments?
A wheel alignment is a basic form of car maintenance comprised of a basic adjustment of the angles that the wheels sit on. If left uncorrected, they may not sit perpendicular to the ground and simultaneously parallel to one another after time. You need to be aware that all adjustments are made along the suspension of the vehicle rather than the tires themselves. If the procedure is done properly, the new wheel alignment will allow you to drive much more safely. You’ll also be able to extend the life of the tires overall. Many tire specialists suggest that you have a wheel alignment appointment every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. However, you can elect to merely do it every spring and be perfectly safe. You shouldn’t wait any longer than that however, because winter weather conditions can truly wreak havoc on your vehicle.
Of course, you need to also do some research before you go in for your alignment. Ask around and look up reviews of any auto shop you’re considering before making a choice. You need to be absolutely certain that the shop has a long history of excellent service, pricing, and all of the proper modern equipment to handle the job properly. Better yet, make sure they’re also certified to work on the specific make and model of your car. Not every wheel alignment is done the same way!