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Why Alignment Matters (Vehicle Alignment Maintenance)

It's one of those things that can happen on a multi-day road adventure or a quick trip to the grocery store.  You hit a pothole, go too fast over a speed bump, nail a curb.  When it happens, you think, "I wonder if that was hard enough to do any damage?"  But things seem ok and you continue on your way.  Keep in mind that any blow to your vehicle's suspension can throw it out of alignment.  It can be a hard knock from the road or from another vehicle, such as being involved in a minor accident.  When your suspension is out of alignment, it means that the wheels aren't all pointing where they should.  And after a while, it can make your tires wear unevenly and cause problems with steering and handling. Let's go back to that pothole or curb you hit hard.  Even though you think there was no damage done, if you wait until you see tire wear, you may need to replace all four tires, not an inexpensive proposition. That's why it's a good idea to make sur ... read more

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A Not-So-Straight Story (Vehicle Pulls to One Side)

A vehicle should travel straight down a straight road with the steering wheel centered.  But time and travel can take their toll and soon you may find your vehicle pulling to the left or right.  Those are not good signs and should be taken care of fairly quickly. One thing that you should note is when this is happening: if it is all the time, only when you brake, only when you accelerate. If you describe these symptoms to the service adviser or technician, it may help them pinpoint the cause more quickly.  Many things can cause a vehicle to pull to one side, one of which is that it's out of alignment.  If so, you could be doing damage to other components of your vehicle if you keep driving with it this way. If your tires show signs of uneven wear on the treads or if your wheels squealing, that is another clue. Improperly inflated tires can also cause your vehicle to pull in one direction.  Your service facility can check to see if your tires have the pressure r ... read more

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Tracking True in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: Wheel Alignment

At Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires,steering and suspensionparts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the vehicle factory settings. Adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels moving in precisely the same direction.If you don't remember hitting a pothole, how do you know if your wheels are out? The most obvious sign is that your vehicle pulls to one side. Also, your steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you're in the habit of checking your tire wear regularly, you may notice the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down. You should have your COLUMBIA HEIGHTS auto service center look ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service will inspect your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He?ll also compare your current alignment with the vehicle manufacturer?s settings.Your vehicle owner?s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in a crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service service advisor perform an important alignment check.Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service701 39th Ave NECOLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421(763)

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Automotive Tips from Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service: Signs of an Alignment Problem

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday COLUMBIA HEIGHTS driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. In addition, your vehicle can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS can return your wheels to the vehicle manufacturer’s factory settings. Most owner's manuals suggest an alignment check every year or two.  Give us a call.Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service701 39th Ave NECOLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421(763) 788-7656  

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All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service

When all of your vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS can cause your vehicle's wheels to be out of alignment.Driving for an extended time around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS when your wheels are out of alignment results in uneven tire wear. This is dangerous … and expensive. Worst case scenario, you have a blowout on a crowded Minnesota highway. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive to repair. At the very least, you may have to replace your tires years too early. The ideal alignment for your vehicle was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything's bent or broken. Then your friendly and knowledgeable Hage Kobany Transmissions & Aut ... read more

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Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service

Hello COLUMBIA HEIGHTS! Let's talk about alignment. One of the most important parts of preventive maintenance for your vehicle is keeping the wheels in alignment. Poor alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly, which can significantly reduce their lifespan. This means you will have to replace them more often, which can be costly for drivers in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS.It can even damage your suspension system, which is costly to repair. But even more importantly, uneven tread wear can lead to blowouts on the road, a dangerous and potentially deadly safety risk for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers and their passengers.It may not take an accident or bad driving habits to “knock” your tires out of alignment. Tires can go out of alignment with just everyday Minnesota driving. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS road hazards, pot holes, uneven or gravel roads, and even the bumps and bounces of normal COLUMBIA HEIGHTS roads and surface streets can gradually put your vehicle ti ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday COLUMBIA HEIGHTS driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.Give us a call.Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service701 39th Ave NECOLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421(763)

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Straight and True in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: Wheel Alignment

Most COLUMBIA HEIGHTS folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by drivers in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS is a periodic alignment inspection. Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tires are more expensive than an alignment check in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. Bad alignment can also cause damage to suspension and steering systems, which can be expensive to repair in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. Tire wear on misaligned wheels can also lead to blowouts, which are dangerous, can lead to serious accidents and can seriously damage your vehicle. Also, poor alignment itself can be the cause of an accident since the vehicle may not steer properly. One or more wheels on you ... read more

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Tracking True in Minnesota: Wheel Alignment in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

The biggest issue for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. When undergoing an alignment service at Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings.Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction.COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you're ... read more

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