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When your fleet vehicle does not steer correctly, it can make driving more difficult, and it can negatively affect other components of the vehicle, such as the tires and the axle. The most important components of proper steering and suspension are wheel alignment, shocks and struts and balljoints and tie rods. When your car, truck or SUV begins to shake, vibrate or pull to either side while driving it typically means it's time to bring it in to our here at Bob's Truck Repair & Car Care Center in Port Huron, MI for an alignment!  Doing so early will save serious wear and tear on tires especially and it is an easy fix when we catch it early.  But what exactly is a tire alignment and why is it important?

We look at our customer's vehicles each time they come in and set up a vehicle maintenance plan for them, alignments are part of your vehicle maintenance and checked typically every 6,000 miles on average.  Wheel alignments ensure optimal vehicle driving and help your tires last longer, your vehicle will drive better.  

Alignments can also be necessary after a shock to your front wheels like running through a pothole or hitting a curb on our local streets here in Port Huron. The suspension and front end assembly of your vehicle you drive is comprised of many different components, which keep your tires centered and resting flat on the pavement. When things wear out or move over a fairly long period of time, it’s necessary to reset your front end components to get your car, truck, or SUV driving straight again. Avoid driving too much if you believe your tires need an alignment; investing in a repair at Bob's Truck Repair & Car Care Center as soon as you notice any of the symptoms listed as the more you drive, the worse the damage is. 

Important Tips: To save you hundreds on repairs with new tires, suspensions & steering parts, make sure to look at your tires for uneven tread wear.

What are the symptoms of a vehicle with incorrect alignment?

Have your vehicle checked if you notice:

  • Excessive or uneven tire wear.
  • The vehicle pulls to the left or right.
  • Feeling of looseness or wandering.
  • Steering wheel vibration or shimmy.
  • The steering wheel is not centered when the vehicle is moving straight ahead.

How often should I have my wheels aligned?

Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation noted in your owner’s manual. As a general rule, have your wheel alignment checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.

The importance of Total Alignment:

  • Reduced tire wear: Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear. Over the years, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to tire life. Most tires are replaced prematurely due to adverse wear.
  • Better gas mileage: Gas mileage increases as rolling resistance decreases. Total Alignment sets all wheels parallel, which, along with proper inflation, can minimize rolling resistance.
  • Improved handling: Does your vehicle pull to one side? Do you constantly have to move the steering wheel to keep your truck traveling straight ahead? Many handling problems can be corrected by Total Alignment service. With all the vehicle components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.
  • Safer driving: A suspension system inspection is part of the alignment procedure. This allows worn parts to be detected before they cause costly problems.

Trust our team of highly trained mechanics at Bob's Truck Repair & Car Care Center, to diagnose your vehicle issues and get you safely on the road.  An alignment when you first notice the issue will save you the costs of replacement tires and suspension parts plus the dramatically improve the drive quality of your vehicle. Our mechanics will align your wheels and front end quickly, and do it right. Come by Bob's Truck Repair & Car Care Center in Port Huron and get your alignment troubles taken care of today!

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Bob's Truck Repair & Car Care Center

3945 Dove Rd
Port Huron, MI 48060

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