How Long Does a Wheel Alignment Take

Last updated on August 7th, 2023 at 12:28 pm

Rear-wheel drive car will take 30 minutes, and all wheel vehicles will take nearly 1 hour.

If it is an older car, the process takes a long time due to corroded suspension components, but the process is quick and easy for a newer vehicle. But if it requires replacing damaged parts like bolt joints and suspensions, the time will go beyond this limit for sure.

Is Wheel Alignment Necessary? Do I need It? 

Yes, it is; you need to do your wheel alignment every 3100 miles (5000 km) to increase your tires’ longevity. This depends on the tire type that you use and the condition of your tire. Wheels that are not correctly aligned will lead to uneven tire wear, making you replace your tires much more frequently. This might lead to flat spots on the tire and frequent blowouts and patches. 

Common Indications that your vehicle requires a wheel alignment.

  • Unusual humming sound – sometimes you will hear an unusual noise, a humming sound from your tires when wheels are not correctly aligned; this is noticeable when you speed up.
  • Pulling towards one direction- The most common indication is this if your vehicle pulls sharply towards one side, first check your tires air pressure. If the air pressure is normal, it can be an indication of a wheel alignment issue.
  • Unusual tire wear – Another indication is unusual wear and tear of tires, especially the edges of the tires are worn out unusually you need to do a wheel alignment immediately.
  • The vibration of the steering wheel – Vibration of the steering wheel can happen due to various reasons, and misaligned tires are one reason. If you frequently feel vibrations on your steering wheel and you haven’t done a wheel alignment for some time, maybe it is time to get one done right away.

Can I do wheel alignment on my own?

Wheel alignment requires specific tools and types of equipment. I have seen several DIY videos on the internet, but I advise you against doing this on your own as a veteran motor mechanic. It is always better to get the job done through a professional establishment. It will save your time and ensure the job has been done properly.