Wheel Alignment Service

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At Ruge’s Subaru, we don’t just want to help you purchase a vehicle you love; we want to ensure that you enjoy the best possible performance out of it for years to come. We remain invested in the models we sell long after they leave our lot, and we even welcome customers who have purchased their vehicles elsewhere to come to our service department. We’re passionate about keeping vehicles well-maintained so you can enjoy your ride and contribute to safer travels out there.

One of the most important routine services to keep up with is your wheel alignment service. Your wheels literally move your vehicle forward and are connected to so many critical components, but their alignment is an often overlooked service. It’s crucial to have trained technicians with the knowledge and tools required to align your wheels, and it's critical to understand the signs that it’s time for a wheel alignment, how often to get one, and why this service is so important to your safety and performance.

We built a dedicated service department so that our customers can be empowered with the knowledge and ability to extend the lives of their vehicles. You’re always in good hands with our trained technicians for everything from oil changes to wheel alignment, so visit Ruge's Subaru to get on the proper maintenance schedule for your model. Our team will care for your vehicle from bumper to bumper.

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What’s a Wheel Alignment?

We often welcome customers to our service department who have never even heard of wheel alignment, and we are glad to be the ones to share our knowledge so that these customers can take control of the care of their vehicles.

During a wheel alignment service, our technicians will make sure that your wheels are properly angled toward your vehicle and each other. Wheel alignment is often also referred to as tire alignment because when your wheels are properly aligned, so are your tires. Proper alignment means your tires are making maximum contact with the road while at speed. When you get your wheels aligned on schedule, all four wheels should be making full contact with the surfaces you drive on at all times.

Keeping your wheels aligned is important for many reasons. When your wheels aren’t aligned, you can face a number of issues that erode your handling control, induce bodily fatigue, reduce your tires' lifespans, and even jeopardize the safety of yourself, your passengers, and those around you. The wheels of a vehicle are often overlooked, but they’re some of the most integral components of your vehicle. When something is off with your wheels, everything else quickly follows suit.

During your wheel alignment, our technicians will take a close look at the angle of your tires from various perspectives, including the front, sides, and top. Then, they will make any adjustments they find to be necessary to regain proper alignment.

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What Does an Alignment Prevent?

Getting your wheels aligned on schedule can prevent a number of performance and safety issues. First of all, it can ensure that your tires undergo wear and tear at the same rate. When your wheels are misaligned, one tire might wear down quicker than the others, which can put you at risk of a flat tire or a blowout. Those moments are scary and can be incredibly damaging to your wheels and overall frame. It can even lead to a failure of your suspension, which is costly to fix.

Misaligned wheels can also make it difficult to control your vehicle. They can cause something called excessive steering wheel play, which describes the issue of manually moving the steering wheel but not having your vehicle move in response. So, you can find yourself working extra hard to dictate the direction of your vehicle, which can cause major fatigue, not to mention being remarkably dangerous. You might also notice your vehicle feeling shaky or find that it’s drifting.

It’s recommended that you get your wheels aligned every six months or 6,000 miles. You ought to do an alignment each time you replace your tires, too. However, speak to one of our technicians; they will know the perfect wheel alignment schedule for your vehicle. Whether you replace your tires yourself at home or bring them to us, this is an opportune moment to ensure your wheels are properly aligned.

Still, even if you get your wheels aligned on time, every time, misalignment can occur. When you hit a pothole, curb, or extreme bump in the road, the impact can instantly cause a misalignment issue—even a minor one. So, avoid roads that aren’t well-kept if at all possible, and when it’s safe to do so, steer around potholes and bumps in the road. Even the best drivers can hit potholes, so if you go over one, it’s a good idea to get your alignment inspected shortly thereafter.

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Other Services at Ruge’s Subaru

At Ruge’s Subaru, we take a holistic approach to your vehicle care. That’s why we offer a wide selection of services, including all of the most important routine services. Our technicians will collect some information about your model and then get you on the ideal maintenance schedule for your vehicle.

We offer every critical service, including tire rotation (which you’ll often do at the same time as your wheel alignmen t) and oil changes (which will keep your engine running smoothly). Our technicians are happy to conduct complete vehicle inspections to determine any preventative services from which your vehicle would benefit. We also offer air conditioning and transmission repair.

In addition to our service department, we also have a parts department, so when it’s time to replace an element of your vehicle, our team will make sure to install the optimal part for your model. If we don’t have the exact part you need, we’ll order it for you. We stock genuine Subaru parts, so you can keep your vehicle in factory condition and under warranty.

With online service scheduling, service and parts specials, and a welcoming service center, we make it easy, affordable, and enjoyable to care for your vehicle.

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Your vehicle is in the best hands with our certified technicians. We have high standards for the staff in our service department. Any technician you work with here will have extensive knowledge about your vehicle and can make expert recommendations on how to properly care for it.

We are always here to answer any questions you might have about routine maintenance, as it is our goal to give you the information you need to be a terrific vehicle owner. We handle wheel alignments so that your tires can make maximum contact with the road, and you can avoid costly and hazardous issues over time. We'll also care for every other part of your vehicle, including under the hood, in the cabin, and around the frame.

Customers love how friendly our service center staff is, how efficiently we handle our work, and how generous our prices are. We want our customers to have a safe and pleasant drive every day, and we know that keeping up with critical routine services like wheel alignment is a part of that goal. Let us care for your vehicle and help you get the most mileage out of it; visit us today or schedule your next service at Ruge’s Subaru.