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  • Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Affordable Transmissions

    Oct 28, 2018

    Hello MINNEAPOLIS! 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 MINNEAPOLIS.

    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 MINNEAPOLIS 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 MN driving. MINNEAPOLIS road hazards, pot holes, uneven or gravel roads, and even the bumps and bounces of normal MINNEAPOLIS roads and surface streets can gradually put your vehicle tires out of alignment.

    So it's good auto advice to have your vehicle's alignment inspected periodically. Your vehicle's owner's manual will have recommendations on how often you should get an alignment check: usually every year or two. But if you think your vehicle tires might be out of alignment, you should bring your vehicle into Affordable Transmissions now.

    When you bring your vehicle in for an alignment, your technician at Affordable Transmissions will start by inspecting the steering and suspension systems. If something is broken or damaged there, it will need to be fixed in order to get good alignment of the wheels.

    If all looks good in the steering and suspension departments, the vehicle will then be put on an alignment rack where an initial alignment reading is taken. The wheels can then be aligned to the vehicle manufacturer's specifications. The ideal alignment for any vehicle is set by its engineers and may vary from vehicle to vehicle.

    There are three types of adjustments that may have to be made to correctly align a vehicle's tires. The first is called “toe.” This refers to tires that are out of alignment because they point inward or outward at the front of the tire. Think of a person who is pigeon-toed or splay-footed, and you get the idea.

    The second adjustment is the camber. This adjustment affects the angle at which the tires meet the road. Think of a solid building in contrast to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

    The last adjustment is the castor. This adjustment measures the angle of the tire in relation to the front axles. So, a piece of auto advice that just might be good for life as well: keep everything in alignment, and you'll be able to steer where you want to go. Drive safely.

     Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Tracking True in MN: Wheel Alignment in MINNEAPOLIS

    May 8, 2018

    The biggest issue for MINNEAPOLIS 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 Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS.

    When undergoing an alignment service at Affordable Transmissions, 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.

    MINNEAPOLIS 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 going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down, you should have your MINNEAPOLIS service center look it over. If you've been in an auto accident in MN, you should get your alignment checked.

    Obviously, a big jolt can seriously knock things out of alignment, but MINNEAPOLIS area drivers also need to understand that a series of smaller ones can add up.

    That's why we recommend periodic alignment checks. If your vehicle owner's manual doesn't specify the interval, once a year might be appropriate. Or check with a service advisor at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS.

    One thing's for sure: the cost of the alignment at Affordable Transmissions is cheaper for MINNEAPOLIS drivers than having to buy a couple of new tires because of neglect.

     Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169

     




    Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for MINNEAPOLIS Automobiles

    Apr 10, 2018



    MINNEAPOLIS drivers may have an alignment problem if their car drifts or pulls to one side, the steering wheel's off center, they notice uneven tire wear or the car doesn't feel like it handles right as they drive down MINNEAPOLIS, MN, streets and roads.

    When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around MINNEAPOLIS are great ways to knock a car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels start pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.

    The team at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS wants you to know that driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail.

    At the very least, those who drive with wheels out of alignment will have to replace their tires sooner. You could end up with premature wear to your suspension system, which can be expensive. The front wheel alignment is adjustable on all vehicles, and the back wheels are also adjustable on some cars.

    Now, let's discuss some alignment basics. Wheels are adjustable for toe, caster and camber. The ideal alignment for your car was designed by its engineers.

    So, what is involved in an alignment check at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS? First, there's an inspection of the steering and suspension to see if anything is bent or broken. Tire condition will also be evaluated.  Next, the vehicle is put on an alignment rack and we take an initial alignment reading.

    If all four wheels are adjustable, they are lined up perfectly parallel with the vehicle's centerline. If the back wheels aren't adjustable, the direction they push is determined and the front wheels are aligned to match.

    Like most things, vehicle manufacturers have recommended a mileage interval for having alignment checked. But if you run into a curb, pothole or something else that's given you a big jolt, pay attention to whether your vehicle is pulling to one side when you drive around the MINNEAPOLIS area. It's better for vehicle owners to have their alignment checked before waiting to see if there is uneven tire tread wear; by then, the damage is done.

    Getting your alignment checked at Affordable Transmissions when necessary is a great way to extend the life of your tires and suspension parts. It also makes sure that your tire meets the road properly for maximum performance and safety in MN.

    Come see us at  for more information about your tire alignment. We look forward to serving you.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Alignment Inspection

    Jan 14, 2018

    Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for MINNEAPOLIS drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.

    When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at Affordable Transmissions 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 MINNEAPOLIS, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Affordable Transmissions service advisor perform an important alignment check.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Signs of an Alignment Problem

    Sep 12, 2016

    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. MINNEAPOLIS 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 MINNEAPOLIS 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, Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS 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.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169