Volvo Specialist: Steering Wheel Alignment Service in Alexandria VA

What Everyone Should Know About Wheel Alignment
  • important Questions About Wheel Alignment
  • This Can Happen To Any Vehicle
  • Here's What We Do
  • Why Total Alignment
Important Questions About Wheel Alignment

Question: How important is wheel alignment?
Answer: Think of it this way. Research indicates that the average car is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with toe alignment just 0.34 degrees (just 0.17 inches) out of specifications has dragged its tires sideways for over 68 miles by the end of the year!

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Question: What are the "symptoms" of a car that's out of alignment?
Answer: Have your car checked if you notice:

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

Question: How often should I have my car aligned?
Answer: Follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation noted in your owner's manual. But, as a general rule, have your vehicle's tires checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.

This Can Happen To Any Vehicle

Vehicle wheel alignment

On this vehicle, the front wheels are not aligned to the rear thrust line. This can happen from normal wear and stresses, whether your vehicle has adjustable or non-adjustable rear suspension. To steer straight ahead, you would have to steer the front wheels slightly to the right. A common result would be that the vehicle would "dog track" and possibly "pull" to the side. Of course, the angles are exaggerated so you can see the condition easily. But it takes only a small misalignments to create problems

Here's What We Do:

Coupon for wheel alignment

For vehicles with non-adjustable rear suspensions:
1. Angle readings are measured at all four wheels.
2. The steering wheel is centered.
3. Front wheel are referenced to the rear thrust line and set to specifications.
Result: all four wheels are parallel and the steering wheel is centered.

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For vehicles with adjustable rear suspensions:
1. Angle readings are measured at all four wheels.
2. Rear wheels are set to specification. (Rear thrust line corresponds to vehicle centerline.)
3. Steering wheel is centered.
4. Front wheels are referenced to the rear thrust line and set to specifications.
Result: all four wheels are positioned straight ahead and parallel, and the steering wheel is centered.
Why 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.

Better Gas Mileage

Gas mileage increases as rolling resistance decreases. Total alignment sets all four wheels parallel which, along with proper inflation, minimizes rolling resistance.

Improved Handling

Does your car pull to one side, does the steering wheel vibrate, do you constantly have to move the steering wheel to keep your car traveling straight ahead? Many handling problems can be corrected by total alignment. With all the system components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.

Safer Driving

A suspension system inspection is part of our alignment procedure. This allows us to spot worn parts before they cause costly problems.