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A Not-So-Straight Story (Vehicle Pulls to One Side)

A vehicle should travel straight down a straight road with the steering wheel centered.  But time and travel can take their toll and soon you may find your vehicle pulling to the left or right.  Those are not good signs and should be taken care of fairly quickly. One thing that you should note is when this is happening: if it is all the time, only when you brake, only when you accelerate. If you describe these symptoms to the service adviser or technician, it may help them pinpoint the cause more quickly.  Many things can cause a vehicle to pull to one side, one of which is that it's out of alignment.  If so, you could be doing damage to other components of your vehicle if you keep driving with it this way. If your tires show signs of uneven wear on the treads or if your wheels squealing, that is another clue. Improperly inflated tires can also cause your vehicle to pull in one direction.  Your service facility can check to see if your tires have the pressure r ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Made In America Made In Japan: Signs of an Alignment Problem

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. Sacramento 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 Sacramento 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, Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento 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.Made In America Made In Japan1200 I StSacramento, California 95814916-442-3287  

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Tracking True in Sacramento: Wheel Alignment

Tracking True in Sacramento: Wheel Alignment

At Made In America Made In Japan, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Made In America Made In Japan alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires,steering and suspensionparts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the vehicle factory settings. Adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels moving in precisely the same direction.If you don't remember hitting a pothole, how do you know if your wheels are out? The most obvious sign is that your vehicle pulls to one side. Also, your steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you're in the habit of checking your tire wear regularly, you may notice the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down. You should have your Sacramento auto service center look it over. Of course, if you've ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Made In America Made In Japan: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

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. Sacramento drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Sacramento driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.Give us a call.Made In America Made In Japan1200 I StSacramento, California 9581491

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Automotive Tips from Made In America Made In Japan: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for Sacramento drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at Made In America Made In Japan 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 Sacramento, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Made In America Made In Japan service advisor perform an important alignment check.Made In America Made In Japan1200 I StSacramento, California 9581491

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Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Made In America Made In Japan

Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Made In America Made In Japan

Hello Sacramento! 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 Sacramento.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 Sacramento 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 California driving. Sacramento road hazards, pot holes, uneven or gravel roads, and even the bumps and bounces of normal Sacramento roads and surface streets can gradually put your vehicle tires out of alignment.So it's g ... read more

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Straight and True in Sacramento: Wheel Alignment

Straight and True in Sacramento: Wheel Alignment

Most Sacramento folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by drivers in Sacramento is a periodic alignment inspection. Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tires are more expensive than an alignment check in Sacramento. Bad alignment can also cause damage to suspension and steering systems, which can be expensive to repair in Sacramento. Tire wear on misaligned wheels can also lead to blowouts, which are dangerous, can lead to serious accidents and can seriously damage your vehicle. Also, poor alignment itself can be the cause of an accident since the vehicle may not steer properly. One or more wheels on your vehicle can be knocked ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your Sacramento Vehicle

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your Sacramento Vehicle

Imagine you've left Sacramento and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort.You're wasting kibble.The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that's pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the vehicle; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed. You're wasting gas.So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. It is important to get it checked right away if you feel the vehicle pulling to one side.Sometimes we Sacramento residents bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. An accident can tak ... read more

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All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Made In America Made In Japan

All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Made In America Made In Japan

When all of your vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in Sacramento can cause your vehicle's wheels to be out of alignment.Driving for an extended time around Sacramento when your wheels are out of alignment results in uneven tire wear. This is dangerous … and expensive. Worst case scenario, you have a blowout on a crowded California highway. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive to repair. At the very least, you may have to replace your tires years too early. The ideal alignment for your vehicle was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at Made In America Made In Japan starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything's bent or broken. Then your friendly and knowledgeable Made In America Made In Japan technician will look at ... read more

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Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for Sacramento Automobiles

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for Sacramento Automobiles

Sacramento 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 Sacramento, California, 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 Sacramento 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 Made In America Made In Japan in Sacramento 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 suspensio ... read more

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