Wheel Alignment in Germantown, MD

Keeping You Driving Straight -- Precision Auto

Precision Auto in Germantown, Maryland takes pride in our specialized knowledge in wheel alignment and balancing. We use state-of-the-art Hunter Engineering car alignment equipment and the Hunter Road Force Balancer for wheel balancing. Since wheel alignment and balancing are heavily impacted by poor, uneven roads throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, we recommend getting these services at least once a year!

Often, people get confused between the difference of a misaligned and an unbalanced wheel. A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Proper positioning ensures the vehicle drives straight and true for optimal control and efficiency. Wheel balancing ensures the tires and wheels spin properly without any vibrations or uneven wear.

Look for these symptoms to decide if you need alignment or balancing service soon!

You May Need Alignment If:

  • Your tires have worn rapidly or unevenly
  • Your vehicle pulls or drifts instead of traveling in a straight line
  • Your car wanders on a straight and level road

Your car might be out of alignment because of normal wear that occurs over time or a failing part in the suspension. If you hit a pothole or otherwise take a massive hit while driving, that can throw off alignment. Regardless, the consequences are the same: premature tire wear, poor fuel efficiency, engine strain, unsafe handling, and more.

You May Need Balancing If:

  • Your steering wheel, seat, or floorboards vibrate at highway speeds (50-70 mph)
  • There is a scalloped or cupped wear pattern on the tires

Your wheels might be out of balance because of normal wear and tear or because of an uneven weight distribution caused by uneven tire wear. Regardless of what caused your wheels to fall out of perfect balance, the result is the same: rapid tire wear that prevents you from getting the most from your tires and money.

Causes of Tread Wear:

  • Overinflation: The center of the tire is more worn down than the outer edges
  • Underinflation: The tread is more worn down on the outer edges than in the center
  • Poor Alignment: The tread is more worn down on one side of the tire than the other

Schedule Service With Us

If you think your vehicle could benefit from wheel alignment service or wheel balancing, contact your local experts at Precision Auto in Germantown, Maryland! You can call (301) 428-3447 or use our online scheduling system to make an appointment. If you’re in the area, feel free to stop by our shop for a walk-in service. Find us at 12811 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, MD 20874 at the intersection of Middlebrook Rd. and Germantown Rd. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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