ST. LOUIS — Hunter Engineering Co. has released an educational video on YouTube to answer the common question: "Why do cars need a wheel alignment?" to explain the purpose and function of wheel alignment procedures and the importance of proper vehicle maintenance.
When a car is out of alignment, Hunter said, it may experience irregular tire wear, handling problems or a crooked steering wheel. Some alignment conditions can be corrected with simple adjustments, while others may require parts replacement.
Ignoring the signs of wheel misalignment can result in increased maintenance costs, premature or irregular tire wear resulting in reduced tire life or malfunction of driver assist systems.
"Approximately, 60 percent of vehicles on the road are out of alignment," said Kaleb Silver, Hunter's senior product manager.
"Most of this misalignment is imperceptible to the vehicle owner, which is why it is so important to have alignment angles checked against the manufacturer specifications. Ignoring misalignment can drastically reduce tire life by causing tires to wear unevenly."
Hunter distributes alignment systems, wheel and tire service, brake service and inspection lane equipment for OEMs and the automotive aftermarket.