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Wheel Alignment 101: Maximize Your New Tires' Lifespan | Kunes Auto Group

Published on Jun 13, 2023 by Talia Mushinsky

Congratulations! You've decided it's time to invest in a new set of tires for your vehicle. After thorough research, you've examined the tread depth and noticed some sidewall cracks, validating your decision. However, there's one aspect of tire maintenance that's often overlooked but is essential for optimum performance: wheel alignment. So, let's delve deeper and answer the burning question, "Do I need an alignment with my new tires?"


Do New Tires Demand Wheel Alignment?

The straightforward answer is, no, wheel alignment isn't obligatory when installing new tires. But, guess what? It's a smart move. Aligning your wheels assures that all four tires are positioned correctly relative to each other and the road.


Why bother? Well, by skipping the alignment process, you might find yourself grappling with a rocky ride, witnessing uneven tire wear prematurely. This accelerated wear could reduce your new tires' lifespan. Even with the variety of affordable tire options available at Kunes Auto Group Service Centers, we understand that you'd prefer to avoid making purchases more often than required.  A wheel alignment offers more mileage from your new set of tires, enhancing their value.


How Regularly Should I Align My Wheels?

An excellent general guideline is to seek a wheel alignment annually. However, always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for precise instructions.


If your journeys regularly take you through harsh environments or roads strewn with potholes, you might require more frequent alignments. Be especially alert if your vehicle starts veering sideways or if you notice a peculiar "womp womp" noise while driving (a potential sign of underinflated tires or alignment issues). Also, after a serious jolt from a pothole, consider checking the alignment.


Why Is Wheel Alignment Crucial?

The alignment of your wheels is an unsung hero in the longevity of your tires and the efficiency of your vehicle. Misaligned tires can hasten tire wear and increase replacement frequency. Moreover, according to Investopedia, misalignment can reduce your gas mileage by up to 10%! Thus, maintaining proper wheel alignment can contribute to fuel economy, saving you trips to the pump.


Should All Four Tires Be Aligned Simultaneously?

Absolutely! Most modern vehicles, including cars, compact SUVs, and vans, require a four-wheel alignment. However, certain cars with solid rear axles can only get their front wheels aligned. Even in these cases, your technician will inspect the rear tires for potential damage that could affect your vehicle's handling.


Steer Your Way to a Superior Driving Experience

Opting for wheel alignment when you install new tires isn't just a smart decision—it's an investment in your vehicle's longevity and performance. At Kunes Auto Group of Mt. Carroll's Service Center, we're dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your tire purchases. Visit our nearest location or book your tire installation and alignment online today for a smoother, safer drive tomorrow. Your optimal driving experience is straight ahead!

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