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What cause a vehicle’s aligment to change?

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Accurate wheel alignment does not last the life of your car. In fact you could leave our facility today and an innocent hit to a curb or unavoidable pothole can cause a sudden and sometimes dramatic change in alignment. Regardless of this type of impact, wheel alignment is always changing, a considerable shift in the alignment can occur in only eighteen months, but because these changes are small and occur slowly over time it’s easy for certain handling problems and tire wear conditions to become firmly established.

Let’s take a look at what’s happening. Joints and bushings in the suspension system wear gradually which makes it more difficult to hold the alignment in place. Camber and caster both begin to change. The same thing happens with the steering system, normal wear and tear takes its toll and toe begins to change. And let’s not forget about the rear of the car. The same slow decay is occurring there as well. The springs are wearing out too and as the springs give way, so goes the alignment. Even though this type of wear is very slow, eventually certain parts may require replacement before the alignment can be done.

Rapid changes in alignment are usually caused by impact or collision damage. The type of impact that will bend or move parts. For example a control arm, a tie rod assembly or even a shift in the position of the suspension in the chassis, of course damaged parts will require replacement. The alignment condition of your car is always changing and because these changes are small and occur slowly over time, it’s easy for handling problems and tire wear conditions to become firmly established. If you’re currently experiencing any of these symptoms get your alignment checked immediately. Otherwise to prevent these problems from occurring get your alignment checked at regular intervals. Check with our service department to see which plan is best for your car.

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