If you are a vehicle owner, you probably understand the importance of regular oil changes. But did you know that’s just the start of the maintenance your vehicle needs? We’re highlighting the importance of getting a wheel alignment and when it’s time to schedule Lexus service at Fields Lexus of Glenview.

What is Wheel Alignment?

A wheel alignment is the process of readjusting the angles of your wheels to return them to the specifications originally set by the manufacturer. This can involve a camber, caster, and/or toe adjustment. This helps ensure that your vehicle stays on a straight path and doesn’t pull to one side or another. It also helps minimize tire wear and damage.

How Often Do I Need a Wheel Alignment?

Typically, vehicles will need routine wheel alignments. There are lots of triggers that can cause your wheels to become misaligned. On average, we recommend you align your wheels every 6,000 miles (or at every other oil change appointment). Of course, this depends a lot on your vehicle, the tires you have, and the conditions you drive in. And, of course, if something should happen to force a misalignment, such as an accident, you will likely need one sooner.

What are the Signs My Wheels are Out of Alignment?

To get the most life out of your tires, routine alignments are key. It’s also important to watch for signs that your wheels are misaligned. As we mentioned, if they have become misaligned, it’s important to schedule a wheel alignment to minimize undue wear and tear.

  • Your steering wheel isn’t straight (when you’re driving straight)
  • Your vehicle pulls to one side
  • You have abnormal tire wear

Reach out to our Lexus dealership in Glenview, IL to schedule a wheel alignment today!