Alignment at Bob Moore KIA
One of the most important maintenance tasks for your KIA vehicle’s stability and suspension is getting an alignment. At Bob Moore KIA, we provide two- and four-wheel alignments for your vehicle to keep it running smoothly.
Why an Alignment is Important
An alignment refers to how your tires hit the pavement and how they are situated with your vehicle’s suspension system. Tires that are in alignment provide a smooth and stable ride. However, when they get out of alignment, they can hurt vehicle performance, causing faster tire wear and less stability.
You end up spending more for tires because they need to be replaced more often. Your tires are also more likely to go flat or have a blow out which can be dangerous.
Signs You Need an Alignment
Your vehicle will let you know when you need to get an alignment. One of the most noticeable signs is when it vibrates as you drive. You’ll also want to check your tires and the tread. Tires that wear more on one side than the other indicate a misalignment. Your vehicle will pull to the side even when you’re trying to go in a straight line.
If you notice any of these signs, you should contact Bob Moore KIA for an alignment. The service department will get your vehicle taken care of for a smooth ride.
Checking the Alignment
When the technicians at Bob Moore KIA check your KIA Sedona or KIA Sportage for an alignment, they are checking three things. First is the camber alignment. The technicians use diagnostics equipment to test the alignment. With a camber alignment, the tires are checked from in front of the vehicle. If they tilt inward or outward, it means they aren’t aligned correctly.
Camber alignment is often necessary if you’ve been in an accident recently or if the wheel bearings and ball joints are worn.
Toe alignment is also checked, which views the vehicle from above. If the tires turn out or in instead of directly center, they need to be aligned. A problem with the toe alignment often occurs because the tires weren’t kept at the proper level of inflation or from a lack of tire rotation.
The caster alignment is also part of an alignment check. This is the angle of the steering axis, which is tested from the side of the vehicle. It should also be straight rather than angling inward or outward.
Wheel alignment is part of a complete program for your wheels and tires. It is important to rotate your tires and have them balanced for longer wear. Proper inflation also helps extend their life and ensure a smooth, stable ride. When you put all these together, you protect the suspension and wheels for your KIA vehicle.
Contact Bob Moore KIA for a wheel alignment or go online to set up an appointment. Let us help you care for your KIA to enjoy many years of reliable, efficient performance with your KIA vehicle.