Hit A Curb? Give Us A Call!
Our expert wheel and alignment techs can fix that wobble. Call Excalibur for full service wheel and alignment repairs in Austin, TX.
What Is Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment service uses a special machine to measure and adjust three components of your vehicle’s suspension: Camber, Caster, and Toe.
Together these adjustments ensure that your wheels are exactly perpendicular to the road, and pointing exactly forward.
Benefits of Proper Wheel Alignment
Proper wheel alignment is very important for the safe operation of your vehicle.
Good Alignment = Better Vehicle Control
Proper wheel alignment improves your ability to steer and maneuver. It helps your vehicle travel straight and true – not pull to one side. Poor alignment can make it difficult to control your vehicle when you’re driving around curves and turning corners.
Good Alignment = Better Gas Mileage
Imagine turning one of your feet sideways and dragging it while you walk. That would be a lot more work! The same thing is true for your vehicle’s wheels. Poorly aligned wheels increase the vehicle’s rolling resistance which requires more work and more fuel per mile.
Good Alignment = Longer Tire Life
Uneven tire wear is one symptom of bad alignment. Poor alignment makes your tires wear out more quickly.
How Often Should You Get Your Car or Truck’s Wheels Aligned?
Under normal driving conditions, you should get your vehicle’s wheels aligned every 12,000 miles, or according to your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.
You should get your alignment checked if you experience misalignment symptoms after a driving incident, like directly driving over a large pothole or running into a curb.
Do You Need a Wheel Alignment?
You should generally have your alignment checked every 12 months or 12,000 miles, even if your vehicle is driving straight.
Sudden alignment symptoms could be caused by hitting a large pot hole, hard contact with a curb, worn suspension components, or even underinflated tires.
If your car or truck is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should get your alignment checked, and adjusted, if necessary:
- If you are driving on clean, dry pavement and your vehicle drifts away from center or pulls to one side.
- It requires unusual effort to keep your vehicle moving straight ahead.
- Your steering wheel vibrates while driving.
- Your steering wheel is off center. When your wheels are pointed straight ahead, your steering wheel should be straight and centered. (Not slightly turned to the right or left.)
- The outside or inside part of your tire is visibly more worn than the rest of the tire.
Excalibur Wheel Alignment Service
We align your vehicle to the manufacturer specifications. Our full service wheel alignment includes:
- Adjust each wheel’s camber, caster and toe angles to manufacturer specifications
- Inspect suspension and steering systems
- Inspect condition of tires
- Adjust each tire’s air pressure to manufacturer recommendation