At Murray Automotive in Powhatan, Virginia, we use advanced technology to adjust the hardware that holds the wheels in position. The angle measures vary for each make and model and are set using the manufacturer’s recommendations. If positioning is off, a wheel alignment is an adjustment you should never decline. Improper arrangement of angles causes the most wear on tires putting you and your family at risk. Call us today at (804) 378-3374 and make an appointment for a wheel alignment check, or take advantage of our convenient, online scheduling option.
In earlier times, perfecting the wheel itself was not such a problem. The first challenge was figuring out how to attach it to a flat yet circulating platform. Another hurdle was making sure the angle of each wheel was correct to allow for proper contact with the road. When something in our life is so involved, we must take good care of it. By bringing your car, truck, or SUV to Murray Automotive for a wheel alignment, you’ll be doing just that. Aligning tires is all about adjusting the angles of the wheels. If properly aligned, you won’t have to worry about uneven tread wear. Bald spots on your tires cause a pressing problem. When the tire surface is weak, there’s a much greater chance of experiencing a blow-out. Irregular wear also causes steering difficulties and adds stress to the suspension system. Fortunately for you, our technicians have the equipment and expertise needed to diagnose and properly align your tires so you can feel safe out on the road.
There's no warning light on the dashboard that is activated if your wheels are misaligned. You'll have to look for other signs instead. For example, if you feel as though you've gone from a smooth ride to a bumpy ride, you might be due for an alignment. If your vehicle pulls to one side while driving straight, you likely need to bring it in as soon as possible. Also, check the tread on your tires from time to time. If you run your hand over the surface, and the side facing the wheel well has a smooth strip of wear around it, there's a good chance your wheels are out of line. Other reasons you may want to consider an alignment are if you've recently been in an accident or have just had new tires put on. The bottom line is this, when in doubt let us check it. Bring it over to 1731 Douthit Court off of Anderson Highway, and we'll give you the honest answers you deserve.
Once you decide to move forward with this service, our expert mechanics will carefully place your vehicle on a lift in one of our alignment bays. They'll check the tire pressure, look for signs of worn joints and bearings, and inspect the suspension and steering system. The suspension system is what connects the car to its wheels. If there's a problem with this system, our technicians are highly qualified in suspension repair. All of these components depend on each other to function properly as a whole. That's why it is so important that you bring your car to highly qualified automotive mechanics. As they explain the process to you, there's a good chance they'll use common "shop talk" words such as camber, caster, and toe. While these aren't words used in our everyday lives, they are the keys to wheel alignments. They refer to the angles that are measured and adjusted to ensure your tires grip the road just right to prevent uneven wear and tear.