Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn’t feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other object are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.
Driving for an extended time when you’re out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. This can be dangerous and expensive. You’ll have to replace your tires sooner, but even worse – you may cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive.
The front wheel alignment is adjustable on all vehicles, and the back wheels are also adjustable on some cars. The adjustment can go three different ways. The first adjustment is called toe. The next adjustment is called camber. And finally, there is castor. The engineers who designed your vehicle determined the alignment settings that will give you the best handling and safety.
There are several things involved in an alignment check. First, there’s an inspection of the steering and suspension – it should be checked to see if anything’s bent or broken. Then the tire condition needs to be inspected. From there, the vehicle is put on an alignment rack and an initial alignment reading is taken. If all four wheels are adjustable, they are lined up perfectly parallel with the vehicle’s center line. If the back wheels aren’t adjustable, a technician at Gunter Automotive Inc. can determine the direction they push and then aligns the front wheels to match.
Gunter Automotive Inc.
579 Lyle Circle
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Like most things, your manufacturer has suggested a mileage interval for having your alignment checked. But if you run into a curb, pothole or something else that’s given you a big jolt, pay attention to whether your vehicle is pulling to one side when you drive. It’s better to have your alignment checked before waiting to see if there is uneven tire tread wear – by then, the damage is done.
Getting your alignment checked when needed is a great way to extend the life of your tires and suspension parts. It also makes sure that your tire meets the road properly for maximum performance and safety.
553 John Connor Court
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Effective Friday April 24, Gunter Automotive will continue to operate regular business hours. Our waiting area and walk in office will be open to the general public. We ask that our customers call ahead for scheduling and we will try our best to control the amount of traffic in the office and continue to use safe social distancing practices.
Our night drop box and after hours pick up box will still be available to those that are more comfortable using that service and or those medically fragile. We can do payment by phone and place your keys in one of our sanitized lockers as needed.
Our technicians will continue to take proper measures to protect themselves and you.
Please do not hesitate to call to make appointments and ask questions, we are here. We appreciate your continued business through these very uncertain times. Call us – 770-962-1380
We ask that you do not let these practices hinder you from doing business with us. We can work together and we will make this as convenient as possible for you and your family.
As a note, we do have our right side gate locked to control through traffic as well.
We are here Monday-Friday 8:30-6:00.