How to Tell When Your Vehicle Needs a Tire Alignment in Hagerstown, MD


Are you encountering drifting in one direction or another while driving? If you do notice your vehicle drifting to one side and you have to turn the steering wheel away from the center position to avoid veering off at an angle, your vehicle is almost certainly in need of a wheel alignment. Massey Hyundai is here to help our Hagerstown, Maryland customers keep your vehicle operating at its best this summer with professional alignment maintenance from your local service technicians. 


A wheel alignment is necessary when your steering is off, due to the angle of your wheel being misaligned. This can be the result of hitting a deep pothole or scoring a direct hit on a curb while parking. It is important to note, however, that vibrations in your wheels are different from alignment issues. Vibrations are most likely caused by your wheels being bent, out of balance, or parts of the suspension having become worn. To check whether your wheels are out of alignment, begin by inspecting your tires for signs of uneven tire wear, such as tire tread being worn off along one edge, keeping in mind that it can become difficult to separate normal from excessive wear. 


Depending on your vehicle, proper wheel alignment typically involves setting the camber (inward or outward tilt of your wheels when looking head on), caster (wheel tilt front or back when looking from the sides), and toe-in or toe-out (when looking down on the wheels from above). Adjustments are measured in fractions of an inch and require specialized alignment equipment in order to ensure alignment adjustments are completed properly. Some vehicles require that only the front wheels be aligned, but many car-based models require four-wheel alignment. Alignment specifications differ by vehicle, it isn’t as simple as just making sure all four wheels are pointed straight ahead. 


The frequency with which wheel alignment should be done is open-ended, however, it is typically a good idea to have your alignment evaluated annually. More importantly, you should have your wheels aligned when purchasing new tires to ensure they do not immediately begin to wear unevenly. The frequency at which you will need to have your wheels aligned is also dependent on your driving style and usual driving conditions. Due to the delicate nature of wheel alignment, it is advised that you consult your local service technicians if you have concerns. 


Are you ready to schedule an appointment to have your wheels professionally inspected for a wheel alignment? Head over to your local Hyundai dealership, Massey Hyundai, at 1706 Massey Blvd, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or call (301) 739-6756 to speak with a member of our service team. You can also schedule your service appointment online anytime. Our service hours are Monday-Friday 7 AM-6:30 PM and Saturdays 8 AM-5 PM. Our professional service staff is serve our Hagerstown, Maryland; Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; and Martinsburg, West Virginia area neighbors.
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