Wheel Alignment in Oconomowoc, WI
Protecting Your Car With Preventative Maintenance
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, tire services, hybrid repair, diesel repair, towing and more since 1973.
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I have been going to Silver lake auto for years. They have been the absolute best. When the dealer told me there was nothing wrong with my car I brought it in to silver lake and they actually took the time to look at it and they found that I had shocks and struts that were completely destroyed and in desperate need of new ones. They also sent me photos of everything that in the future may need attention. Seth and Austin we so wonderful to work with.
Our service Advisor Adam Swanson went above and beyond to service us in a timely manner and stayed past closing hours on a Friday evening to ensure we were able to pick up our vehicle before the weekend closing! We were also appreciative of the full inspection review and analysis including picture and recommendations. Silver Lake found several service issues we needed to address that was missed by our previous auto repair provider. Glad we made a switch to a much more professional and thoroug... Read More
Always a great experience at Silver Lake! We had some major repairs done last year after our minivan hit the 100K mile mark. Brake squeak came back and they were very honest and straightforward and covered the repairs under warranty. Staff is friendly and repairs are timely and efficient!
The team at Silver Lake Auto is amazing. They evaluated my car and got the repair done efficiently and communicated well throughout the process. I will be using them for all of my auto service moving forward.
Wow wow wow! I recently bought a new car and needed an oil change and tire rotation. I looked up shops in New Berlin because I needed a new place to go. I called for a price estimate and they got me in so fast. I dropped my car off that night and by 10 am the next day they called me to tell me it was finished. I talked to Austin and he was so helpful and patient with my questions. I picked up my car and it was even washed! I will be back. Great customer service and they made me feel safe and ... Read More
Absolute best experience I’ve had for vehicle service. Will gladly take my vehicle here in the future. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Genuinely felt taken care of. Couldn’t recommend more!
The service was quick, professional, and efficient and my car was repaired and ready for pick up several days earlier than promised. In fact, they repaired my LS 600h Lexus 2008 that even the dealerships it was beyond repair! A chance meeting on a flight back to Milwaukee when the kind technician Thad started a conversation that ended up in the restoration of my classic vehicle. They have my heartfelt thanks and most sincere appreciation for their service. They are to be highly recommended.... Read More
I came in for an inspection, to replace a rim, tire, and a transmission flush. Fortunately they found out my serpentine belt was cracked and a serious coolant leak so I didn’t have bigger troubles in the future and I was able to take care of them right away. Professional, reasonably priced, and backed by a warranty; can’t ask for much better service!
Our Lexus needed some TLC all over. The concierge pick up and return was fantastic! Everything that was needed was thoroughly gone over with me with pictures ( even my tires) Michael Schultz ( Service Director) assisted me from beginning to end~ patiently explaining along the way! My car runs great… and they even returned it with freshly baked cookies!! Highly recommend Silver Lake!!! M O’Brien 🍀
I wish I was able to give Silver Lake Auto 10 stars because the customer care I received was outstanding!!! Over the last few months I have been hearing from mutual friends and business owners how pleased they were with the services and care they had received from Silver Lake Auto, so I decided to try them out. I was beyond impressed with the welcoming service team, detailed communication, the cleanliness and comfort of the waiting area, the added touch of giving my vehicle back to me washed ... Read More