Ram pickups are popular for their comfortable interior, ever-advancing technology, unwavering power, and the ability to remain a working truck even after enduring hundreds of thousands of miles. Pair that with a Cummins engine and you’ve got yourself a heavily-reliable vehicle. Yet, as with every vehicle, to keep it in pristine shape, it must be maintained regularly. If you want your Ram Cummins surviving years of snowy days, rocky drives, and heavy hauling, getting your wheels aligned on a regular basis will be an ideal habit to start.
The Importance of Wheel Alignments
Tires are arguably one of the most important parts to a vehicle. Without them, you’d be left with a hunk of machinery with no motion. If you ignore your need for an alignment and there’s a good chance it could negatively affect your Ram in more ways than one.
Going without a wheel alignment for too long may weaken your tires and shorten their lifespan, therefore leading to more frequent tire replacements. Your vehicle might not steer properly or you may experience difficulties with driving and braking, which only puts yourself and others at risk.
Additionally, your fuel efficiency could lower due to higher resistance while on the road. Simply put, you’ll end up having to stop more often to fill up your tank, and we all know gas doesn’t come cheap. Not to mention, the longer you wait, the more likely your Ram will take on additional damage. For example, your wheels might rapidly wear down to the point of needing to be replaced entirely, which ends up costing you far more than necessary.
Your suspension could be affected as well, which would result in poorer handling of your vehicle. Always put safety first and bring your Ram in for a quick inspection and alignment. You’ll thank yourself in the long run!
When to Align Your Tires
You should aim to take your Ram Cummins in for a wheel alignment after every 6,000 miles. However, when driving, things don’t always go according to plan, and anything on the road may cause your wheels to misalign. Running over a pothole or bumping into a solid object will sometimes do the trick, so there may be times when you’ll need to bring your vehicle to a mechanic before you reach the recommended mileage.
Ways to Tell If Your Wheels are Misaligned
The good news is, there are a few things to look for to spot any misalignment in your wheels. When driving, if your vehicle is going straight but the wheel isn’t lined up properly, that could indicate your wheels are not aligned. Or, if the wheel is correctly positioned but your vehicle feels like it’s pulling to one side or the other, it’d be safer to get it inspected.
Other indicators could include a vibrating sensation throughout the steering wheel or the entire vehicle, squealing tires, or uneven wear in the tires. In other cases, your worn-out suspension components may be to blame. Similarly, if the suspension has been changed in any form, your vehicle may need to be adjusted to avoid damage to your wheels. Try to keep a watch for these signs so you can catch the culprit and prevent damage before more unnecessary, expensive problems are created.
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