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Our aim at Les Schwab is ensuring your vehicle gives you a safe and efficient ride. We do more than sell tires: we also offer comprehensive wheel alignment services—free inspections, adjustments and parts—at hundreds of convenient locations.

A properly aligned vehicle means a smoother ride, better gas mileage, and a longer tire life. It can improve your overall safety by increasing the amount of the tire in contact with the road and preventing your vehicle from pulling to the left or the right.

Need more reasons to stop by for an alignment check? Here are three.

  1. Free Tire and Visual Alignment Inspection – At no cost, our technicians will inspect your tires to look for improper wear, which could indicate wheel misalignment or wear of alignment-related parts.
  2. Wheel Alignment Experts – The Les Schwab team works on all things tire- and wheel-related, each and every day. They know how to get the job done right, the first time.
  3. We’re in the Neighborhood – Every Les Schwab Tire Center offers full alignment services, so you can get whatever you need for tires, wheels, and alignment in one place.

Use our Store Locator to find the Les Schwab nearest you.

Alignment Videos

Play Interested in saving money while keeping you and your family safe on the road? Let’s talk about your car’s alignment. In its simplest form alignment is keeping all of the tires on your vehicle moving in the same direction to maximize control and driving efficiency. A vehicle with proper alignment handles correctly, achieves optimal fuel efficiency, and maximizes tire life. A vehicle with poor alignment on the other hand pulls or drifts on the road, wastes fuel, and causes premature and uneven tire wear. Costing you money and putting your safety at risk. Here’s another way to think about alignment. In a poorly aligned vehicle, each wheel may be pointing in a slightly different direction, essentially skidding to a minor degree. If your tires are perpetually skidding, they not only wear out prematurely, but also make it harder for your vehicle to move, which puts extra stress on your vehicle and consumes more fuel. This costs you money. So you might ask, how does your car get out of alignment and what’s needed to get back into alignment? A car comes aligned by the factory when it’s purchased new. Its alignment can change however over the course of normal driving. This change can be accelerated however, when driving on rough roads or when hitting potholes, curbs, and other obstacles. There are a number of different procedures and techniques to align a vehicle. In general, they all work towards getting your car’s wheels and tires to do two basic things. 1: Get them all traveling in the same direction. 2: Get the tires to strike the road at the proper angle. There are several different types of alignments available today. Your Les Schwab alignment professional will review with you all the types of alignment appropriate for your vehicle. Not sure if your vehicle needs an alignment? Just ask. If we inspect your vehicle and find your wheels are within the factory specified range, we won’t charge you a penny. If you do need it aligned however, our work is backed by our Les Schwab Warranty. Now let’s talk about suspension. Your car is suspended by a unique combination of springs, shocks, and/or struts. Shock absorbers aid in ride control, by keeping the car manageable during regular driving. They do this by keeping the tires on the road, preventing any excess bounce after hitting a bump. Keeping your tires on the road is the only way you keep control of your car. Worn or damaged shocks don’t keep your tires on the road like they’re supposed to. Which means you have less control over your vehicle. This is especially dangerous on rough and winding roads. Because worn or damaged shocks aren’t doing their job, additional problems can result with your vehicle, including accelerated wear on other parts of your suspension system and tires, costing you even more money in the future. Because shocks and struts wear slowly over time, it can sometimes prove difficult to know if they’re working properly or not. Not sure if your suspension needs work? Here are a few symptoms to look for. Does your vehicle feel like it rolls or sways on turns? Does the front end of your car dive when braking, then bounce when stopped? Does your car bounce or feel like it’s sliding on winding or rough roads? Does your car bottom out on bumps? Can you feel your car shimmying back and forth through the steering wheel when you drive? If so, you’ll want to have one of our trained suspension experts take a look at your vehicle. Following industry inspection procedures, we’ll check to see if any of your suspension parts need to be replaced. If so, we’ll provide you with a complete cost estimate free of charge, so you can make an informed decision. Les Schwab Tires uses only professional grade parts, and they’re backed with Les Schwab’s Parts and Labor Warranty. Alignment, suspension, shocks, and struts are all important parts of enjoying a safe, comfortable ride in your vehicle. Properly maintained they will not only help to keep you safe, but will also save you money in increased fuel efficiency and lower repair and parts replacement costs. If you have any questions about your suspension or your alignment, ask one of our helpful trained professionals. Thanks for watching, and thanks for making Les Schwab your tire, alignment, and suspension store.
Benefits of proper wheel alignment and shock maintenance
Benefits of proper wheel alignment and shock maintenance

Wheel Alignment Services

Also called a front-end alignment, suitable for some vehicles. The front wheels of the vehicle are adjusted so they are parallel to the centerline of your vehicle. This is the simplest and most basic alignment.

Ideal for vehicles with a non-adjustable rear suspension, a thrust alignment adjusts tires to the geometric centerline of your vehicle. This brings your tires in line with each other, and assures a straight steering wheel.

Four-wheel alignments are performed on vehicles with adjustable rear suspension. As in a thrust alignment, all four wheels are aligned to the center of the vehicle. In addition, the rear axle angles are measured and adjusted. A four-wheel alignment restores all four corners of your vehicle to manufacturer’s specifications.

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