Just like with every other vehicle, Honda models have an adjustable alignment system which needs to be occasionally adjusted. The wheels are slightly angled to provide for the best possible handling and power management, and the suspension system allows each wheel to move within the wheel well to absorb road shock. Because of this movement the wheels over time, or in some cases a specific incident such as running over a pothole or litter on the road, can become slightly displaced from where they’re supposed to be. Such misplacement causes the vehicle to veer either left or right when driving with the steering wheel centered, and also causes uneven tire tread wear.
In an ideal world with perfectly smooth roads and no minor traffic accidents, there is a theory that perhaps the wheels wouldn’t need alignment services. The point is moot as to such a debate, as the reality is that roads aren’t perfectly smooth and there is no way to predict every possible road condition or circumstances which might arise while driving. To be safe, Honda engineers recommend alignment services about every 6,000 miles. In most cases, the alignment can go much longer than that, perhaps even two or three years with an exceptionally safe driver who only drives on nicely paved local roads, but that simply doesn’t describe what the average car goes through.
In addition to veering slightly during a straight drive and causing the tires to wear out prematurely as the tread isn’t used evenly across the entire surface, a few other problems can arise from poor alignment. When the wheels aren’t aligned, the engine has to work harder to convert power to speed. This not only disrupts how the car handles but also causes poor fuel efficiency. Other maintenance problems cause the same symptoms, so it’s an additional reason to make sure the car is properly aligned in order to diagnose if there might be a different problem when the isn’t functioning properly.
With modern cars, it’s always a good idea to take it to a reputable dealer with certified technicians such as LaFontaine Honda in Wayne County outside of Detroit and serving the nearby Michigan towns of Taylor and Westland for routine service. The technicians understand the details of each car model and will be aware of any warranty or recall information that might apply to your car.