Wheel alignment is part of standard automobile maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the car maker's specification. The purpose of these adjustments is to reduce tire wear, and to ensure that vehicle travel is straight and true (without "pulling" to one side).
All new vehicles leave the factory with their alignment checked and adjusted. It is advisable to do the alignment of the car after the first 3000 mi, since all the suspension get set. Failure to do this may result in the camber and toe specifications drifting outside the manufacturer's limit. This may lead to vehicle pulling and tire wear.
Initially consumers may not notice these defects but after usage of some days of running some miles it can cause uneven tire wear and a pull/drifting to the left or right. Tire wear leads to frequent replacement of tires thus adding to running cost for the consumer. Vehicle pulling causes irritation and/or fatigue while driving the car.
Under normal driving conditions many vehicles can go 20000 to 30000 mi+ before they need a new set of tires, which is a good interval to have the alignment checked as well. Any severe driving incidents, or changed suspension components would also warrant an alignment.
When fasteners and hardware are rusted/seized, extra time may be required and/or parts may need to be replaced. In the same fashion that you will wear out your shoes if you walk only on the inside or outside edge, so your tires may become worn if not within allowed specifications.
As your car ages the rubber bushings and connectors under you front end harden and wear out. This can cause the need for your front end components to be replaced. Such as Tie Rod Ends, Idler Arm, Control Arms and Ball Joints, to name a few. All these components affect steering and handling.
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