Import, Repair ,Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

Knowing When Your Car Needs a Wheel Alignment

When you first took delivery of your car from the dealership, its wheels were preset by the manufacturer at specific angles that gave them and your tires a proper alignment. Every car maker wants to make sure their cars are driven correctly, and that’s why they are sold with a precise wheel alignment.

Rough and bumpy roads are the toughest opponent your wheels will face. Bottoming out in a pot hole or jamming into a curb can throw a wheel alignment off. An inspection every 6,000 miles will save money in the long run.


Proper wheel alignment ensures optimum drivability. Your tires will be pointed in the right direction, and driving will be smoother. In addition, your tires will have significantly longer service life. Delaying replacement keeps cash in your wallet. When the wheels are aligned, a vehicle will require less fuel to run, saving money.

Effects of Misalignment

Misalignments can result in tires wearing unevenly, bad handling, and decreased tire life. Being forced to replace tires thousands of miles sooner than necessary is a waste of money. When wheels are properly aligned, every tire should wear evenly across its tread. If you spot the rear inside tires wearing excessively, your trunk may be overloaded or your car needs an alignment. When tires are wearing unevenly, it takes more energy for a vehicle to travel, decreasing fuel economy and more costly fill ups.

Warning Signs

Unfortunately, there are no warning lights on your dashboard that indicate there is an alignment problem. However, there are warning signs that may be indicators of a misalignment. You can use your senses, what you see, hear, and feel, when you are driving your car. Below are several typical warning signs that your vehicle’s wheels are misaligned.

  • Car pulling to the right or left while driving
  • Fast and/or uneven tire wear
  • Steering wheel is turned to the right or left while driving straight
  • Tires squealing as you travel

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991.

We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you.