Abbott Street Auto Service performs wheel alignment in Ann Arbor MI. We have the experience to do your wheel alignment correctly - on any vehicle - new, old, big or small.
Wheel alignment service has been a major part of Abbott Street Auto Service for over 30 years. We have specialized in Ann Arbor MI wheel alignment adjustment since day one and continue to invest in the latest high tech wheel alignment tools, equipment and training.
And we keep our wheel alignment equipment and training up to date. Abbott Street Auto Service has been doing computerized 4 wheel alignment in Ann Arbor MI for over 40 years. Vehicle technology has changed dramatically over the last 45+ years and we invest in the latest technology and training to provide you with accurate wheel alignment. With such an extensive alignment history we know how to do a wheel alignment right. At a competitive wheel alignment price in Ann Arbor MI.
Wheel Alignments at Abbott Street Auto Service
Our combination of the latest high tech equipment, the best ASE Certified Technicians, and 30+ years experience offers you unbeatable value and a wheel alignment done right - guaranteed!
Abbott Street Auto Service performs front end alignment in Ann Arbor, MI. Our cost of wheel alignment is very affordable and we often have front end alignment coupons or front end alignment specials. We perform all types of auto wheel alignment including four wheel alignment on import and domestic autos, car wheel alignment, SUV wheel alignment, light truck wheel alignment, van wheel alignment, 4x4 wheel alignment, all wheel drive wheel alignment, 4 wheel alignment. Abbott Street Auto Service can solve your Ann Arbor MI wheel alignment problem.
- Road Test before and after any adjustments;
- Inspection of steering and suspension components: struts and shocks, springs, bushings, ball joints, control arms, tie
rods, tires, wheels, wheel bearings, stabilizers, power steering system, mounts, axles, frame;
- Inspection of wheels and tires. Check and adjust tire pressure;
- Measuring alignment angles on front and rear axles;
- Alignment adjustments (Depending on alignment service purchased)*;
- Satisfaction Guaranteed!
*Alignment adjustment on some vehicles may require additional cost.
Wheel Alignment Benefits:
- Increased tire life.
- Increased fuel mileage.
- Safe vehicle control.
Performance Wheel Alignments
Our high tech wheel alignment machine fits virtually any wheel (up to 24") without the worry of damage and will handle most over-sized tires. We can perform performance wheel alignments and custom wheel alignments, including most lowered vehicles, to customers specifications for obstacle courses or road courses such as Road America races, etc.
Our wheel alignment service details:
- Road Test Before and After
We take the time to drive your vehicle to check how it steers and rides - before and after. A before and after test drive allows us to verify a problem and then check that it has been corrected. It’s just part of our quality control and what we do.
We do a through inspection of steering and suspension parts and tires. Worn or damaged parts and tire problems make it difficult to correctly perform a wheel alignment. We know how to check the steering and suspension components correctly. Our extensive wheel alignment experience has taught us what part wear is allowable and what needs replacement. Inexperience may lead to unnecessary and expensive part replacement. You get value and savings from our long term wheel alignment experience.
- Alignment Measurement
Do you need a four wheel alignment or just a front end alignment? Even if just doing a front wheel alignment we always check the alignment of all four wheels before making any adjustments. Since the rear wheels also affect how your vehicle steers and handles it is essential to check that the rear wheel alignment is also correct. It's the best way and what we do.
- Alignment Adjustment
We make adjustments to bring your vehicle's alignment back to factory designed specifications providing you with safe steering, decreased tire wear, optimum fuel economy, and a comfortable ride.
- Satisfaction Guaranteed
It’s your vehicle so it should drive and handle to your satisfaction. Although we tend to be more particular than most we will always seek your complete satisfaction.
Wheel Alignment FAQ
1) How often should you get a wheel alignment?
A wheel alignment measurement should be done once a year. Usually we recommend doing a wheel alignment in the spring after the risk of hitting a curb in the slippery snow covered roads and after the pot holes have been repaired!
If you notice a change in how your vehicle steers or handles when traveling down the road you should get a wheel alignment inspection immediately. Normally wheel alignment gradually changes with normal wear and drivers don't notice the minor changes. If there is a sudden change in how your vehicle steers you may have a serious safety issue.
The other reason to get a wheel alignment is when the tires are replaced. A wheel alignment problem can destroy new tires very quickly. Also, new tire guarantee requires a wheel alignment check.
2) Why does a wheel alignment cost more on some vehicles?
The main reasons for different wheel alignment price:
- Four wheel alignment takes more time than a two wheel alignment.
- Wheel alignment on some vehicles is just easier to perform. For example a 4WD vehicle wheel alignment is more complex and time consuming than a simple rear wheel drive vehicle.
- Some vehicles have previous crash damage that makes alignment difficult and often more complex. Some damaged vehicles will need additional special parts or modification to perform a correct wheel alignment.
- Rust damage causes a wheel alignment to take more time or even require heavily damaged parts to be replaced before a wheel alignment can be completed.
All these reasons can cause a different wheel alignment cost. Often a final wheel alignment price can not be quoted until the vehicle is inspected.
Wheel Alignment Information
How do you know if you need a wheel alignment?
Wheel alignment should be done as a routine maintenance, when you buy new tires, or when you notice a steering problem.
The two biggest clues that a wheel alignment is needed are when the steering wheel is not centered or your vehicle pulls to one side. Another sign of wheel alignment problem is abnormal tire wear. Uneven tire wear like feathering or cupping are signs your vehicle needs a wheel alignment.
A wheel alignment is also highly recommend when new tires are installed. A wheel alignment will help protect your investment in your new tires and make sure they do not wear out quicker than they should.
Your vehicle’s steering and suspension play an important role in the safety of your vehicle. The steering and suspension system, together with tires, determine how your car will ride and handle. You should have both your tires and wheel alignment inspected at least once a year. To ensure vehicle safety and prevent expensive repairs it is highly recommended that routine wheel alignments, tire rotations, and wheel balancing be performed.
Steering & Suspension
The suspension system connects the wheels to your vehicle's frame or body. The suspension system works with the steering system to provide vehicle control. When working properly, the suspension system smooths out road bumps and pot-holes and helps maintain vehicle stability and control. The steering system transmits your input from the steering wheel to the steering components to control the vehicle’s direction.
A wheel alignment is a procedure to inspect, measure, and adjust all the steering and suspension parts that allow you to maneuver and control your vehicle. Abbott Street Auto Service has the latest wheel alignment technology and skills to keep your vehicle rolling straight & true. Using lasers & wheel mounted sensors we are able to consistently perform very accurate wheel alignments.
Benefits of Wheel Alignment
Maximize tire life by having your wheel alignment checked and adjusted every year. With the very expensive, specialized tires required on many of today's vehicles you want to squeeze out every last mile for maximum tire value.
Routine wheel alignment also decreases wear of expensive suspension parts.
Maximize fuel economy with yearly wheel alignments. If you have ever had shopping cart with a miss-aligned wheel you know how difficult it can be to push. Your vehicle is the same and will burn more fuel to push against wheel alignment problems. A vehicle with correctly aligned wheels will have the least rolling resistance and burn less fuel.
A safe vehicle is one that drives straight, does not wander, and goes where you want it to! With today's busy roads it is important that your vehicle does not drift into the path of other vehicles and is controllable in emergency situations.
Normal Wear and Tear
Steering and suspension components normally wear out over time and gradually affect wheel alignment. Each part has a wear limit which is inspected at each wheel alignment inspection. How long suspension and steering components last depends on the type of vehicle, how and wear it is used, and if regular maintenance is performed. Regular wheel alignment inspection and maintenance are critical to maintain vehicle safety and decrease long term repair costs.
Factors that affect suspension wear include:
- Vehicle type;
- Driving habits;
- Road conditions;
- Operating conditions;
- Type of steering and suspension system;
- Frequency of regular maintenance such as chassis lubrication and wheel alignment.
Steering and Suspension Wear Symptoms
- Uneven tire wear;
- "Loose" steering feeling;
- Noise and vibration while cornering;
- Wandering or poor directional stability.
Common Tire Wear Causes
- Tire wear resulting from wheel alignment problem. Usually caused by suspension and steering part wear or damage caused by impact or collision. The inside or outside of tire is worn off at a very noticeable angle.
- Tire wear caused by over inflation (tire pressure too high). The middle section of tire tread is forced outward by excess pressure and wears at higher rate than outside edges.
- Tire wear caused by under inflation (low tire pressure). The most common tire problem we see during our Vehicle Inspection service! Under inflated tires can not support weight of vehicle forcing middle section of tire tread inward causing excess wear of both outside edges of tire tread.
- Tire wear caused by worn out shock absorbers or struts and or incorrect tire balancing. Worn patches on tire caused by tire bouncing on road creating high stress and excessive tire wear. Caused by either incorrect tire balance or worn shock absorbers. Often out of balance tires cause shock or struts to wear prematurely which amplifies tire bounce and high tire wear.
Abbott Street Auto Service
2470 W Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103