This is shaping up to be one of the worst years ever for potholes in New England. And that means a lot of vehicles are going to need an alignment.
Luckily, Nissan of Keene has a Springtime Alignment Special right now. (Click HERE for details.)
When you hit a pothole it can cause your vehicle’s wheels to go out of alignment, meaning they are no longer pointing in a parallel direction, which can cause all sorts of problems with your vehicle’s tires and suspension system. The more potholes you hit, the greater the likelihood that your wheels may go out of alignment.
At this point, what you need is called an “alignment”, meaning simply they need to be brought back to pointing in the exact correct direction. Simple as that.
Potholes can also cause damage to tires, steering, and suspension parts, shocks and struts. If a pothole is large enough for the tire to drop into- you can expect damage to occur. Your only defense against the damage caused by potholes is avoid as many as possible and slow down for the ones you can not avoid. If you do hit a pothole with a jolt that jars your teeth it is best to have your vehicle looked at by your servicing mechanic. Even though there may not be visible damage there is the potential for problems.
If you notice that your Nissan is pulling left or right, or that your tire’s tread is wearing off on the inside or outside edge you should have us check it out.
A proper wheel alignment should always start and end with a test drive. The front end and steering linkage will be checked for wear before performing an alignment. The tires should all be in good shape with even wear patterns from proper tire rotation, deep tread and sufficient tire pressure. A Nissan technician will determine, through a series of test and measurements how each tire needs to be balanced and aligned.
We will put your Nissan on our computerized alignment machine, and check what is known as the “toe, caster and camber measurements.”
What these terms mean:
Toe measures the difference between the front of the tires and the back of the tires. This is determined by checking if the front of the tires are closer together than the rear of the tires your tires are toed in. This means your vehicle is going down road slightly sideways. If the toe isn’t corrected you can expect the tires to wear quickly.
Camber is the measurement that looks at how much a tire is leaning in or out. A camber problem will cause wear to the inside or outside edge of the tire.
Caster measures the relationship of the wheels to one another. Most vehicles today require a four wheel alignment. To have your vehicle properly aligned you need to find a shop that has the proper equipment and a qualified technician to perform the service.
A little advice:
Keeping your tires properly inflated will help reduce damage from potholes and other road hazards. The impact of potholes on tires increases dramatically with speed and can cause hidden, internal damage that could lead to tire failure weeks, or even months, later.
It’s best to avoid potholes entirely, but if that’s not possible, don’t brake during the pothole impact. Instead, apply brakes before hitting a pothole and release them just prior to impact. Braking during the impact sets up the tire and wheel assembly for a “solid hit” against the edge of the hole. Less severe damage occurs when a tire is rolling than when it is skidding over a hole during braking.
Click HERE for details of our Springtime Alignment Special