A-1 Auto Tech, Inc.
89 Pioneer Way
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 487-2240

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What Is Tire Alignment?

A-1 Auto Tech, Inc. 89 Pioneer Way Mountain View, CA 94041 (650) 487-2240A-1 Auto Tech, Inc. is the best Tire Alignment Auto Repair Shop in the Mountain View, CA area. Tire alignment, usually referred to as “wheel alignment”, is a part of standard vehicle maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of a wheel to so that it is perfectly perpendicular rolling on the road. The purpose of doing this is to allow the tire to ride better on the road. It also reduces tire wear, and ensures that vehicle travels “straight and true”.

Some people try to do this at home. While this is possible, unless you are very experienced at this, most often the alignment gets worse in this process not better. A safer bet is to take your vehicle to a quality Wheel Alignment Service such as A-1 Auto Tech, Inc. in Mountain View, California.

Why Is Tire Alignment Important?

Tires are made of rubber. Rubber is a substance that wears quite easily if dragged on a rough surface. This is why high school students wear out their tires so quickly when they “peal out” or spin their tires a lot during acceleration. The same principle applies to the way a tire rolls. If it “rolls true”, or rolls just like it would roll if pushed by itself, it is not getting dragged but merely rolling on a rough surface so it does not wear nearly as fast.

However since the wheel is bolted to something strong like a car, if it rolls at an off angle at all, part of the tire is dragged on the rough surface. So if your tires are out of alignment they will wear out faster and will wear out in ways they would not normally wear out if they were rolling true. This is why having your steering aligned is so important. I hope that made sense.

Other Problems Caused By Tires Not Being Aligned

Not only do tires wear out faster and in an irregular fashion when they are not in alignment, but they can also make the vehicle’s ride a bit more rough. This can cause an unstable feeling to the driver when driving in the car. In more severe cases of nonalignment the tires will even sometimes hum or even squeal. If this is happening to you it is important to get take the car in and get this repaired as quickly as you can.