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Properly Aligned Tires Are Tires That Last

As you well know, purchasing new tires is not an inexpensive proposition. However, it is a necessary expenditure if your old ones are no longer safe to drive on. But there is a preventative maintenance service you can take advantage of to keep your tires in good condition, but more importantly, maintain the safety of your vehicle's driving condition. Yet many people put it off until the damage has been done, and they realize they need new tires. This service is wheel alignment, and one way to find out if your wheels are losing their factory alignment is to let one of our certified technicians perform an alignment check on your car, SUV, or truck.

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What Affects Wheel Alignment?

A lot of factors work together to ensure your vehicle stays in a safe driving condition. We'd have to put proper wheel alignment close to the top of that list. Wheel alignment affects vehicle handling and maneuverability, fuel efficiency, and as we've pointed out, tire performance and wear. When your car, truck, or SUV rolled out of the Ford Assembly plant, the wheels were precisely lined up to meet engineering standards. Yet it encountered conditions on our Columbus Ohio area roads that little by little, mile by mile, caused them to come out of this alignment; things like potholes or construction plates in the road. And at times, driver errors like rolling over a curb or parking spot barrier contribute to the process.


Germain Ford

7250 Sawmill Road
Directions Columbus, OH 43235

  • Sales: (844) 240-5414
  • Service: (614) 889-7777
  • Parts: (614) 793-2767

Service Hours

  • Monday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Tuesday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Friday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Saturday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Sunday Closed

Two- and Four-Wheel Alignment

There are two types of alignment processes, two-wheel alignment, and four-wheel alignment. Which type your vehicle needs depends on its suspension system.

  • As you have most likely, already inferred a two-wheel alignment involves a technician's correcting the position of only two wheels. Since these are the front two, the service is also known as front wheel alignment and involves adjusting the toe-in, camber, and caster, and in some cases a thrust angle if he wants to make sure that all four wheels are square with each other.
  • And yes, a four-wheel alignment consists of working on all four wheels. The front wheels receive a toe-in and caster adjustment while the rear wheels receive a toe and camber adjustment. Four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs need this service.

How to Tell if Your Car Needs an Alignment Check

Any of the following are signs that your vehicle's wheels are no longer in proper alignment

  • Uneven tire pattern wear
  • The vehicle pulls sharply in either direction
  • You have noticed a slight pull while driving in a straight line
  • The steering wheel vibrates
  • The steering wheel doesn't line up with the wheels, or in other words, appears to be off-center when you are driving in a straight direction, and vice versa.

While any or all of these usually signal misalignment, one way to make sure is to bring your Ford to Germaine Ford of Columbus where one of our factory-trained technicians will perform an alignment check, and if indeed your vehicle needs a two-wheel adjustment or a four-wheel adjustment, will go ahead and do it. You won't be the first driver to entrust your vehicle's safety to us, nor will you be the last. Germaine Ford of Columbus is part of the Germaine Auto Group - an organization that has been serving Columbus, OH car owners for over sixty-five years, as well as those of Westerville, Dublin, and Marysville.

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  • Lounge with coffee, TV, and WiFi
  • Rental vehicles can be reserved ahead of time or upon arrival
  • Pick-up and drop-off available
  • Family owned and operated
  • A part of the Germain Auto Group - headquartered in Columbus, OH for over 65 years
  • Committed to the community through the Nationwide Children's Hospital, James Cancer Hospital, Ohio State University and more