Tire safety and wheel alignment go hand-in-hand. The way your tires interact with the road directly affects your ability to stop, maneuver, and control your vehicle safely. At Silver Lake Auto & Tire, our technicians are trained to look for the signs of tires getting out of line, but not every driver knows how. You may be experiencing symptoms, but not know the cause. Below are the most common ways to tell if your wheels aren’t aligned correctly. If you still aren’t sure, call us at (262) 567-0284 to make an appointment for a free inspection at any of our locations.
Signs You Need Alignment
Noises: If elements of your wheels are out of alignment, you will start to hear noises, and this typically comes from a displaced wheel. Sounds to pay attention to are low humming or drumming noises. If you hear these sounds, that lets you know your car’s wheels are suffering for improper alignment
- Pulling: Misaligned tires will cause your vehicle to drift either to the left or the right, despite the steering wheel being neutral. This typically occurs because one of the three angles — the camber, caster, and toe — is misaligned. It’s also dangerous to drive with, so make sure to get this issue fixed promptly.
- Under Reactions: Unlike pulling, when you are trying to overcorrect for your vehicle pulling to one side, misalignment can cause your steering to be unresponsive, meaning you don’t have the control over your vehicle in order to maneuver safely.
- Shuddering: One of the more alarming symptoms you can experience is when the vehicle shudders while you are driving or coming to a stop. If the wheels are in need of alignment, they will have trouble maintaining good traction on the road and that shuddering is a result of the wheels trying to grip.
- Tire wear: You’ll have to look a little harder to find this issue. Not many drivers pay attention to the wear on their tires, but if you notice that the depth of the channels is wearing thinner on one side than the other, that could be a sign that your wheels need to be realigned.
With misaligned tires, drivers can experience any or all of the symptoms above and still not realize the issue. At Silver Lake Auto, our technicians listen to your vehicle concerns, how your vehicle’s driving experience has changed, and that often gives us clues to what the issue could be. Luckily, wheel alignment is one of the more common services we perform. In fact, our technicians recommend regular alignments as part of a preventative maintenance plan. Left unattended, issues like what you’re experiencing could lead to bigger issues like a blown-out tire from improper wear or even an accident because your maneuverability was compromised. Preventative maintenance gives our technicians the opportunity to get eyes on your vehicle and identify any problems that could worsen. Come by our shop today at E Wisconsin Avenue to speak to one of our staff about a maintenance plan and services that can keep your vehicle safe and sound.
Two Generations of Auto Repair
If you’re looking for an auto repair shop in Oconomowoc, North Lake, Brookfield, or New Berlin, WI that’s comfortable, reliable, and convenient, look no further than the automotive experts at Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers! With four quality locations, Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers has been helping drivers in North Lake, Oconomowoc, Brookfield, New Berlin, and the surrounding communities with all of their auto repair, maintenance services, emissions testing, tire services, hybrid repair, diesel repair, towing and more since 1973.
Hear from our Customers
They were able to put a patch on my tire instead of replacing it, which saved me a lot of money. Everyone was very professional and knowledgeable, which I appreciate a lot. And they gave me some delicious chocolate chip cookies when I picked up my car! 10/10
Very efficient and knowledgeable Josh the manager was very polite I would go back there again and I would tell all my friends!
This was the first time using this business and I was impressed. They gave me a detailed lay out with pictures as to what needed to be fixed, ranked from high priority to low priority. They let me decided what I wanted to be done. No pushy salesman. I would highly recommend.
I took our Subaru in for new tires and brakes. Scheduling was simple. I received a call from Evan the morning of the appointment, verifying the type of tires I wanted, before I even dropped the car off. Their online inspection report was great, as I could look over their findings, and recommended maintenance items before speaking with the shop. I received a few calls throughout the day with status updates and was able to pick the car up the same day. Bonus - their military discount saved me s... Read More
I had tires shipped to Silver Lake from Tire Rack for mounting, balancing and installation on a 2005 Chevy Express AWD. The appointment was made promptly, the work was performed without any issues and they did not attempt to up-sell additional services. That is a big win for me! They did exactly what I asked for with no hassle. Brilliant! I will use their services in the future.
I've always had a great experience taking my vehicles here. They are honest, do great work and very professional. I also enjoy that they have courtesy cars. The nearby dealerships make you rent from their car rental business.
My car was towed to this AAA approved center. I experienced a friendly, competent, courteous, and professional staff from the lady at the desk to the technicians and manager. The diagnosis and subsequent service were right on. They also solved a nonworking radio, which my car dealership said would cost me a significant amount to fix. Silver Lake quickly diagnosed the problem and solved the issue at no additional cost.. I am enjoying my radio and the extra money I saved by their excellent ... Read More
I called several other places that gave me very extended lead times to fix a nail in my tire. When I called Silver Lake they got me in first thing the next morning. Their communication is excellent and the repair was done on time. Customer service was excellent and I will happily recommend them and use them again.
Can't say enough great things about Silver Lake Auto! Best experience I've had at an auto shop. The manager, Matt and the staff are helpful, knowledgeable and friendly and the service was timely, efficient and thorough. I was at my wits end with my car, taking it from place to place trying to solve an ongoing issue that no one seemed to be able to diagnose. They were able to get me in and provide me with a detailed diagnostic report on my car, which included things that needed immediate atten... Read More
Front brakes, class IV hitch, and some other repairs/items. They were awesome, super professional. Clean. On time. Oh yeah, and everything works. Chris was awesome to work with. The whole team has been. They help each other and have each other's back when someone is busy.