How long does a wheel alignment take?

My steering wheel has been vibrating lately, and I think there’s something up with the wheels. Do you know how long a wheel alignment will take?

Lindsey Hoover · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If your vehicle is in good shape overall, a wheel alignment should only take about one hour. However, if there’s too much
wear and tear
to your steering bush, track rod, or suspension system, the service may take longer.
Proper wheel alignment (along with regular
tire rotations
) will help maintain your vehicle’s performance—so you’ll want to make sure nothing is askew among your tires by having your alignment checked on a regular basis. 
Aside from having your vehicle’s wheels checked on a regular basis, keep an eye out for indications that your steering wheel may need to be realigned, such as:
  • Car pulling sharply in one direction while driving
  • Slight pulling
  • Vibrating steering wheel
  • Crooked steering wheel
  • Uneven tire wear
If you notice any of the above signs, you should schedule an appointment with a mechanic immediately to have your alignment checked out
Keep in mind: Poor alignment isn’t the only cause of a shaky steering wheel—bad ball bearings, warped brake rotors, and loose wheel hubs can all also contribute to uncomfortable driving conditions in your car. 
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