frequently asked questions about wheel alignment

With Over Two Decades of Wheel Alignment Service – Here are our 8 Frequently Asked Questions about Wheel Alignment Service

How much is a wheel alignment service?

Our alignment starts at $120.00 for Domestic and Japanese imports. While a Wheel alignment for European vehicles starts at $150.00. We recommend to be on the look out for any service specials to save money on you next wheel alignment.

Is it really necessary to align my car?

Yes, a wheel alignment is important. Not only will a properly aligned vehicle save you money by preventing excessive tire wear. But your vehicle’s ABS and stability control system will work at its peak. Thereby allowing you to stay in control of your vehicle.
On the other hand, a misaligned vehicle can negatively affect the ABS and SCS system, thereby increasing your chance of loosing control of your car.

What causes a car to go out of alignment?

There are many reasons a vehicle can go out of alignment. Driving over railroad tracks, curbs, pot holes or objects on the road. The suspension angles can also be knocked off during a collision.
However, it’s normal to a see a vehicle’s camber, caster and toe to go out of specification over time. This will gradually happen as you continue to drive over imperfections on the road.

Why does my car shake at high speeds?

Typically a shaking vehicle at highway speeds can be caused by imbalanced or damaged tires or wheels. Another cause can be worn, damaged, or imbalanced axles or driveshaft.

How long does a wheel alignment last?

Depending on road conditions a wheel alignment can last a full year or more. Rough roads or impacts to the suspension or steering system can shorten the time that the vehicle stays aligned. It is recommended to have your alignment checked whenever you hit something on the road.

What does a full alignment consist of?

frequently asked questions about wheel alignment

A full alignment includes adjusting the tire air pressure, checking the tread wear, and inspecting the suspension and steering system. After the integrity of the steering and suspension is verified we continue with adjusting the alignment angle to the manufacturer specification (if applicable).

Does alignment improve gas mileage?

Yes, an alignment will improve gas mileage. When the wheels are pointing straight ahead, less engine power is needed to push the vehicle forward.

Should I buy the lifetime wheel alignment?

While numerous automotive service providers offer lifetime wheel alignments, the actual intent behind this offer is worth scrutinizing. One could ask, is the primary goal to encourage repeat business and upsell other services, or is it genuinely to ensure the vehicle’s alignment remains within factory specifications? Many technicians work under a flat-rate compensation model, receiving either a fixed rate or a percentage for each labor operation completed. In the context of lifetime wheel alignments—where the initial service fee covers future adjustments at no additional cost—what really incentivizes these technicians to execute comprehensive services that include pre- and post-alignment test drives, air pressure adjustments, and thorough inspections of suspension and steering components?
Performing an alignment is often a nuanced task that may require additional steps, such as applying penetrating oil to fasteners to ease their loosening and rotation. The tedious process of achieving precise alignment angles can be time-consuming. As a technician with significant experience in performing hundreds of alignments, I can attest that the average service time ranges between 30 to 45 minutes. This time commitment is the outcome of years of experience and substantial investment in specialized tools. However, challenges such as seized or stripped bolt threads can extend a routine 45-minute service into several hours.
For technicians paid on a flat-rate basis, the question then arises: what is the incentive to devote the necessary time for a thorough alignment when the service is offered for free? Prioritizing quality over speed—especially when compensation is limited or non-existent—ensures that the alignment service maintains a high standard. Personally, I advocate for foregoing lifetime alignment deals in favor of paying qualified technicians who will diligently adjust angles to factory specifications and provide documented results. In the end, this approach offers consumers peace of mind, knowing that their vehicle’s suspension and steering systems have been expertly restored

Blu Automotive Is A Leading Alignment Auto Shop in Harbor City CA, Offering Full Service Wheel Alignment Service

For over a quarter of a century, since our establishment in 1997, we’ve had the privilege of serving the South Bay Community. Throughout the years, our dedication to ensuring 100% customer satisfaction has remained unwavering. This is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to offer services that not only meet but often exceed expectations.

Our wheel alignment service stands out, and here’s why: Our team is made up of highly skilled mechanics, each trained meticulously to ensure that your vehicle’s wheels are perfectly aligned. To complement their expertise, we have equipped our facility with cutting-edge precision alignment equipment and software. This combination of skill and advanced technology makes certain that the service we provide is second to none.

But we don’t just stop at offering top rated service. After every alignment job, we take the extra step of test driving each vehicle, but this isn’t just a routine drive around the block. Instead, it’s a thorough examination to validate the precision of our work. This attention to detail serves a dual purpose: confirming the quality of our service and providing peace of mind to our clients.

We genuinely believe that the trust and loyalty of our South Bay patrons over the years is a testament to our dedication. As we look forward to the future, our promise remains the same: to deliver exceptional service with integrity and commitment. Whether you’re a long-time resident of South Bay or new to our community, we’re here to provide you with automotive services that you can trust and rely on.

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to schedule a service, please reach out to us. Serving you is our greatest pleasure and priority. We’re more than just a service center; we’re a part of the South Bay family.