Wheel alignments and balancing are one of the most common repair services offered by our Capital Ford Service Technicians. It is an integral part of prolonging your tire life.
On the prairies, a wheel alignment is an important part of regular maintenance. Having this service performed as a part of regular maintenance will improve handling, increase gas mileage, and prevent unusual tire wear.
Hitting a single pothole, curb, or other road hazards can throw off your alignment. Most drivers don’t even notice an incorrect alignment until tire wear or handling is significantly (and negatively) affected.
For optimal tire life, vehicle safety, and performance, your alignment should be professionally inspected at least once per year. This schedule may change: if you get new tires, notice unusual tire wear, steering pull, or shaking, or if you hit a particularly deep pothole, you should have the alignment checked sooner.
Check out the tread wear patterns image to become familiar with different types of tire wear. If you notice any of these patterns, it’s important that you stop by Capital Ford Service Centre to have it examined by an expert. Whether it’s time for an alignment or if you need to purchase new tires, we will help find the best solution for you, your vehicle, and your budget.
Suspension is the system of tires, tire air, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels and allows relative motion between the two. In other words, a suspension is all the parts that suspend the rest of the vehicle over the road.
A vehicle’s suspension system is something that is often taken for granted. However, your suspension cannot support the weight of your vehicle bouncing for a decade without suffering any damage. Shocks wear out and suspension repair will be necessary. Some people mistakenly believe the suspension is mainly about having a smooth ride, and therefore these repairs aren’t as important as other maintenance issues. However, having a bad suspension can greatly affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when stopping or turning, so it’s in your best interest not to ignore this part of auto maintenance, and come into Capital Ford Service for a visit.
Quick Suspension Test
If you suspect your suspension needs maintenance, try this simple test: with the car in park, press down on the front of the vehicle with all your weight, “bounce” it a few times, then release. Do it again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it, your suspension needs work! The good news is that you can bring it down to our experts at Capital Ford in Regina.
How do I know if my suspension needs maintenance?
It’s important to know when your vehicle needs maintenance, with these signs, you can determine if your vehicle needs more inspecting with an appointment at Capital Ford Service.
Your vehicle is riding roughly; you begin to feel every bump in the road or when every bump causes the vehicle to “bounce”
Your vehicle starts to drift or pull when turning. This could mean the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle stable, increasing the risk of a rollover.
Your vehicle dips or “nose dives” when you are stopping or when the shocks are worn out, you’re likely to feel the vehicle body lurch forward and downward when you apply the brakes firmly.
Your tires are showing uneven tire wear or are worn out completely. If you notice balding spots or uneven tread wear, this is often a sign that the suspension is not holding the car evenly.