Are you looking for a professional wheel alignment in Homer Glen, IL?
Tired of paying for bad wheel alignments in Homer Glen, IL?
Paying for a Homer Glen wheel alignment and having your car pull to one side of the street afterward is frustrating! At KCC our certified technicians perform the best wheel alignments in Homer Glen, IL.
Are your tires wearing unevenly? Do you have to keep your steering wheel turned to drive straight? Is your car pulling to one side of the road?
These are all symptoms of a bad wheel alignment! Drop by KCC Car Care when you experience symptoms of a bad wheel alignment to get a professional wheel alignment in Homer Glen.
With the best 3D wheel alignment technology available, KCC Car & Truck Care is the place to go for a four wheel alignment in Homer Glen. Take advantage of our wheel alignment deals today!
What is the importance of a good wheel alignment?
Practically, a poor alignment causes your car to work harder. A negative camber angle constantly pushes toward your car as you drive straight. This means you waste the torque your gasoline creates rather than devoting it all to moving forward. In turn, you burn gas quicker and return to the pump a bit sooner, losing money in the process.
Not only that, but poor alignment leads to uneven tire wear. Poor toe and camber conditions cause the inside or outside of a tire to wear quicker than the other, or for one edge of each tread block to wear down faster than the other. You must then stomach the cost of replacing tires prematurely or risk a blowout or air leak.
Aside from these costs, the importance of wheel alignment lies in the driving experience. Simply put, wheel misalignment makes for a bumpy, unpredictable ride. You may have to pull your steering wheel to the left or right just to go straight, or it may vibrate constantly. In turn, your ability to react to sudden roadway changes takes a hit, placing everyone in the car in more danger.
If you need a wheel alignment or a whole new set of tires, get in touch with our team.
What does a wheel alignment cost in Homer Glen, IL?
When should you get a wheel alignment in Homer Glen, IL?
An alignment service is important to do when:
- You get new tires.
- You lower or lift your vehicle.
- Suspension parts that affect the tire angles are replaced or adjusted.
- You’ve had a fender-bender or a hard impact with a curb or road debris.
- It’s been a year since your last one.
- You notice uneven tire wear, steering pull, or an off-center steering wheel.
The leading cause of premature tire wear is a bad alignment.
We recommend an alignment after the installation of new tires. This helps you get the most life from your new tires. Wheel alignment checks are always advised after a significant impact or uneven tire wear is detected.
Also, get a check annually, or twice yearly if you typically travel on rough roads. Regular checks are important because alignment issues aren’t always obvious. The wrong toe angle can go unnoticed and so can atypical tire wear. Cars usually go out of alignment gradually, so you may not realize how much it was impacting drivability, gas mileage or tire wear until it’s corrected.
The most common signs of misalignment are pulling to one side while you’re driving, unusual tire wear and/or a steering wheel that’s off-center even though your vehicle is pointed straight. But these symptoms can have other causes, sometimes simpler and sometimes not.
Steering pull can be caused by road conditions. If the asphalt has grooves that are slightly farther apart than your car’s axles, you may feel a pull as the tires on one side ride slightly higher. If the road is noticeably higher in the center, the vehicle may veer as the tires try to find a level surface.
Torque steer is a pull that happens during acceleration, from a difference in power being delivered to the wheels. A pull only during braking is probably from a caliper on one side sticking and not fully disengaging from the brake disc. A failing tire and improper tire rotation are two more causes of steering wheel pull.
Poor alignment may not be the issue if your steering wheel sometimes tugs in one direction and then the other. A bent or worn suspension part — ball joints, strut bearings or tie rods — could be to blame.
Atypical tire wear may be the result of worn shocks or struts, bushings or springs, or from carrying heavy loads (all of which can also put your vehicle out of alignment). Uneven wear can also be caused by driving on over-, underinflated or imbalanced tires.
An off-center steering wheel can be caused by worn steering or suspension parts. Just getting an alignment won’t fix the root cause.
One last common point of confusion: Vibration while underway is often a symptom of out-of-balance tires, not bad alignment.
Lifting or lowering a vehicle will affect your toe, camber or caster angles. So will repair or replacement of suspension and steering parts — struts, shocks, ball joints, tie rods, bushings or control arms. If one of these components is damaged, it’s a pretty good bet your vehicle’s alignment is out of spec. If you don’t fix them before your vehicle is aligned, you’ll soon have the problem recur.