Here’s Why You Need Regular Wheel Alignment & Tire Rotation
Auto maintenance is essential for keeping your vehicle running in peak condition.
Neglecting routine services will take years off your car’s lifespan and lead to major wear and tear down the road. To avoid costly repairs later, it’s important to stick to your vehicle’s service schedule. Just like bringing your car in for an oil change every so many miles, you also need to check your car’s wheel alignment and tire tread.
Wheel alignment ensures that your tires are aligned with one another and work together in a straight line. When your tires are aligned, you’ll notice better steering, handling and fuel economy. But the most important part of wheel alignment is that your tires will wear more evenly and therefore last longer, saving you money.
First, your technician will look at the three different angles of your tire’s edge wear – the caster, camber and toe. If any of these measurements are not up to factory standards, the inside and outside region of the tire will deteriorate at a faster rate. To the untrained eye your tire tread may look good, however, dangerous wear on the edge of the tire might not be visible and could potentially be so worn down that the tire is deemed unsafe for driving and in need of immediate replacement.
While there are temporary solutions – like switching the tires, or aligning the wheels to get a little more use – once tire wear has begun, it will only continue to escalate. Regular auto maintenance, like tire rotation and wheel alignment, will prolong the life of your wheels.
Aside from wheel alignment, your vehicle will also need routine tire rotation. If the tires are not rotated every so often, they’ll begin to wear unevenly. Different driving conditions, like braking, steering and torque, can have different effects on each tire. But, when you rotate them, you’re delaying these patterns of wear and extending the lifespan of your tires.
Most tire manufactures recommend rotating your tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles and vehicles typically need oil changes every 3,000-6,000 miles. So the next time you bring your car in for an oil change ask your technician to rotate your tires and check your wheel alignment.
At Mercedes Benz Werkstatt, our technicians have a robust understanding of German automotive systems based upon years of experience working on these vehicles. Our technicians have seen it all. From basic preventative maintenance to more complex repairs, we confidently consider ourselves the foremost experts regarding German auto maintenance and repair in Los Angeles.