Whether you drive a Ford SUV or another body style manufactured by a different automaker, you’ll need to do certain things to ensure your vehicle is operating at an optimal level. While most drivers know they need to have their oil changed and tires rotated at regular intervals, not nearly as many realize they should also schedule an alignment check every so often.

In general, it’s advisable to have an alignment inspection at our Glenville, NY car service center at least once every year. If you drive over imperfect roadways often, you may want to get your wheel alignment checked every 6,000 miles or every other time you have your oil and oil filter changed.

While those are general guidelines, they aren’t written in literal or figurative stone. Things happen and when they do, they may make it necessary for you to have your suspension alignment checked out more often. If you encounter a tough obstacle when you aren’t expecting it during an off-road adventure or you hit a pothole or curb during your commute, it may result in a misaligned suspension which will need an adjustment as soon as possible.

Certain signs will indicate when your car is out of alignment. If your steering wheel is off-center when you’re driving straight ahead or your vehicle pulls to the right or left, it’s an indication your car needs an alignment inspection.

You shouldn’t put off getting an alignment when your vehicle needs one. If you do, it can cause your tires to wear prematurely. It can do the same for the components in your steering and suspension systems. Your car will have to work harder than it should have to as well, which will drive up your fuel costs.

To learn more about when you should schedule an alignment inspection or service, get in touch with Fogg’s Automotive now.