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One of the most frequent questions we encounter is, "Do I need an alignment after replacing my tires?" The short answer is a resounding yes. Let’s dive deeper into why a car alignment (aka wheel alignment) is necessary with new tires, how often you should get tires aligned, and how the service benefits your vehicle in the long run.

The Importance of Alignments

Before you hit the road, let's talk about why wheel alignments are important, especially when you've just invested in a new set of tires.

Enhanced Tire Longevity
New tires aren't cheap, so naturally, you’ll want to maximize their lifespan. What is a car alignment exactly? An alignment corrects the angles of your tires so that they come into contact with the road in just the right way. If your wheels are out of alignment, your tires will wear unevenly. A proper alignment helps keep your vehicle rolling smoothly and helps extend the life of your tires. While the average cost of a wheel alignment is usually between $50 and $168, it’s a service well worth the investment.

Improve Fuel Efficiency
Misalignment isn't just bad for your tires; it's bad for your wallet, too. When tires are not properly aligned, your vehicle must work harder over time to move forward, increasing fuel consumption. Proper alignment helps reduce rolling resistance, which means your vehicle can move more efficiently and use less fuel in the process. It's a simple equation: alignment equals efficiency.

Vehicle Safety 
No one enjoys driving a car that's hard to control, especially in inclement weather. Misaligned wheels can result in poor handling,  which is the last thing you want when navigating through a storm. A proper alignment helps ensure your vehicle is more predictable and easier to manage, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

Smooth Ride
Ever notice a persistent pull to one side while driving or your steering wheel is off-center? These are classic signs of alignment issues. Beyond the wear and tear on your vehicle, misalignment can make driving a less-than-pleasant experience. A vehicle alignment ensures a smoother ride, free from the distractions of pulling or vibration, allowing you to focus on the road ahead.

How Often Do You Need an Alignment?

Generally, it's best to check your vehicle's alignment at least once a year. However, this can vary based on your vehicle's make and model, your driving habits, and the conditions of the roads you typically travel on. Consult your vehicle's owner manual for specific recommendations for your car, truck, minivan, or SUV.

Now, life happens, right? Like when you hit a pothole or curb too hard. When these little mishaps occur, it's a good idea to let a professional look at your car's alignment. Similarly, if you notice uneven tire wear, your vehicle pulling to one side, or the steering wheel is off-center when driving straight, these are signs that your alignment may be off and needs adjustment.

Your suspension system also plays a role in your vehicle’s alignment. Changes to the suspension system can alter wheel angles, making an alignment essential to ensure proper handling and tire wear. If you've modified your vehicle's suspension or replaced suspension components due to wear or damage, an alignment may be necessary.

Visit Jiffy Lube for a Vehicle Alignment

Should you get an alignment with new tires? Yes! An alignment helps ensure your tires perform their best, last longer, and keep you safely on the straight and narrow.  The team at Jiffy Lube® is happy to help with vehicle alignment services. The trained technicians will ensure your vehicle is aligned and ready to roll after your new tire installation or the mishap with the pothole. The team understands the nuances of different vehicles and follows the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications to help ensure you get the smoothest ride possible for the road ahead.

NOTE: Not all services are offered at all Jiffy Lube service centers. Please call ahead or visit to ensure the service is available at the Jiffy Lube location near you.

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