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February 9th, 2018

The answer is “yes, You Should Update Your Vehicle’s Software,” as today’s vehicles rely increasingly on computers powered by complex software to control everything from on-board entertainment to engine performance.

By Rich Ellis

Smartphone and computer users are accustomed to those devices alerting them when a software update is available. Asking whether they want to install the update now or later, or automatically downloading updates as they become available. Given the computer power that’s on board today’s vehicles and controlling critical vehicle functions, such as engine performance and navigation systems. It’s no surprise that vehicle software updates are receiving more attention from drivers and automakers alike, and that the methods for delivering these updates are evolving. You should update your vehicle’s software.

Why updates are necessary

There are hundreds of millions of lines of code embedded in just one vehicle’s software and this technology increasingly controls an array of important vehicle functions. These include summoning roadside assistance when air bag deployment is detected, braking autonomously to prevent a collision, and alerting drivers to a vehicle’s presence in their blind spot. It’s imperative that vehicle software has 100 percent reliability because a software malfunction behind the wheel has far graver consequences than one that occurs when someone’s sitting behind a desk.

Software updates are issued by vehicle manufacturers periodically for a variety of reasons, including correcting bugs, improving vehicle performance, adding new features, or protect against recently discovered vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to gain access to vehicle software and control vehicle systems. These software updates aren’t just “nice to haves,” rather they’re “must haves” if drivers want vehicle computers – and by default their vehicles – to function properly.

Installing a software update

Historically, software updates have been delivered primarily in one of two ways – via a flash drive sent to the vehicle owner, which the owner had to then install on the vehicle, or by having new software installed during a scheduled service visit at a local vehicle dealer. Either installation method requires an investment of time or money – two assets many drivers may be reluctant to part with readily.
Today’s trend is for vehicle software updates to be delivered increasingly via updates beamed through the air, which are then automatically downloaded and installed directly into the vehicle with little to no action required on the driver’s part. By 2022, it’s estimated that more than 200 million vehicles worldwide will be able to receive over-the-air software updates.
Software review as part of a maintenance plan

If drivers want to ensure that their vehicle software is up to date and that they’re taking advantage of the latest safety features, bug fixes, or product enhancements that new software often delivers, they need to first determine if there are software updates available and how they’re installed. Consider a software review as just another item to add to a vehicle’s maintenance checklist, at least for a few more years when all vehicle software updates will be delivered and installed automatically.


December 20th, 2017

How to Protect Your Car from Winter Weather

Cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your vehicle if you haven’t prepared.

by Rich Ellis

Winter Weather, car, tires, driving safety

Winter Weather

Winter Weather. You can love it, hate it, or simply tolerate it. No matter which camp you fall into, when it comes to winter driving, we all have one thing in common – the need to be prepared. It doesn’t matter if you’re braving snow and sub-freezing Minnesota temperatures or just colder January days in central Florida. There are several steps you can take to protect your vehicle from winter’s damaging toll.

Preventative maintenance is surprisingly easy, and it falls under the categories that matter most in either harsh or mild winter climates – visibility, reliability, and passenger comfort and safety.

Under the Hood

Batteries – A common belief is that winter is hard on batteries. That’s true, but what many people don’t realize is that summer’s heat is actually tougher on batteries, shortening battery life and possibly weakening the battery. Colder temperatures make it harder for engines to start and require a battery that’s delivering the most power it can. So when that first cold front moves in, the weakened battery might not be able to deliver enough power to get your car going. To avoid being stranded this winter, have your battery and charging system tested, and replace the battery approximately every five years, or sooner if indicated by a battery test.

Engine Oil – Cold weather starts can be easier on your engine if you switch to a full-synthetic oil instead of a conventional oil. Synthetic oil flows freer at low temperatures, without requiring any warm-up time, providing crucial and immediate protection to the engine’s moving parts at start up.

Antifreeze – Antifreeze’s name says it all – it prevents the engine’s coolant from freezing. It needs to be checked periodically, however. Begin by testing the antifreeze’s strength with an antifreeze tester, available at any auto parts store, or take it to your mechanic. A test will tell you the lowest temperature to which your engine is protected from freezing. When it’s topped up, be sure your coolant reservoir is filled to the proper level.

Belts and Hoses – Vehicle belts and hoses are also susceptible to winter temperatures. They’re primarily composed of rubber, which decomposes over time and loses flexibility in colder temperatures, making those near the end of their service life more prone to failure in colder temperatures. To prevent this from happening, you or your mechanic can examine the belts for signs of cracking along the belt’s sidewalls or for signs of irregular wear. If you plan on checking the hoses yourself, wait until the engine is cool and then feel along the length of each rubber hose for any soft spots or bulges – signs of impending failure. Even if there aren’t signs of wear, always follow the replacement intervals recommended in the owner’s manual for both belts and hoses.



Winter Weather Visibility

You can’t be a safe driver without seeing where you’re going, and winter weather reduces visibility with less daylight and frozen precipitation.

Windshield – If your wiper blades are more than six months old, consider replacing them. Colder temperatures and ice or snow buildup on windows will speed the demise of old wiper blades. The trend in wiper blades is toward the newer “beam” style blades. They’re a better choice for winter and year round. With beam blades, the spring mechanism is concealed and protected from ice and snow, eliminating the chances of clogging. They also make more contact with the windshield, reducing wiper chatter and delivering a much clearer wipe in any temperature. While you’re at it, don’t forget the rear window wiper and headlight wipers, if your vehicle is equipped with them.

An efficient way to remove frost and light ice, and get your morning commute off to a faster start, is to fill your windshield washer reservoir with a de-icing washer fluid. Not only does it melt precipitation, but it also helps repel dirt and salt from road spray.

For heavier ice and snow, make sure you keep an ice scraper and snow brush handy. For SUV’s and trucks, consider purchasing a long-handled snow brush. It enables you to clear the entire windshield without having to switch sides, or get covered in snow. And, before the first frost, check your front and rear window defrosters to ensure they’re working

Lights – Less daylight means more time driving in the dark. Walk around your vehicle to confirm that all its lights, including turn signals and brake lights, are working. Even if your headlights aren’t burned out, you might want to replace them; headlights dim over time, sometimes by as much as 20 percent, and old headlights don’t include the recent advances in lighting technology that put more light on the road and roadsides, allowing drivers to see further and wider.

Passenger Comfort

Climate Control – Warmth is a necessity during winter travel for both comfort and visibility and it depends on the vehicle’s climate control system. This complex system of a blower motor, blend door and thermostat work in unison to keep passengers warm and windows clear of ice and fogging. Test it now, before you need it.

Floor Mats – Our shoes have a habit of collecting the elements and depositing them on the floors of our cars. If you want to avoid potentially permanent damage to your vehicle carpet, now’s the time to pick up a set of all-weather floor mats. These are easy to clean and help corral the muck and grime.

Spend a little time now with your vehicle to protect it from winter troubles and you’ll avoid spending a lot of time, frustration and money later. You’ll feel better and drive reassured knowing that you’ve done everything you could to prepare your vehicle, protect your investment, and help ensure passengers’ safety and comfort.

September 9th, 2014

Accurately Describing Car Problems:

When bringing your vehicle in for a specific problem it is very beneficial to have a detailed and accurate description of how and when the problem occurs. Describing car problems descriptively and accurately can be very helpful.  A good description of the problem can point us in the right direction and potentially reduce diagnostic time.

Example 1: If your car has an unusual noise – You might say – my car is making a noise and I want it fixed. Or you could say – my car has a metallic grinding coming from the left rear when I press the brake.

Example 2: Describing running problem. One description might be that my car runs badly and I am afraid to drive it.  A better description would be: My car runs rough intermittently, usually only when I first start it in the morning while it is idling. It feels like it wants to cut off. As soon as it warms up and I start driving it runs fine and is fine the rest of the day.

When your car starts acting up pay attention to what is happening.
Take note of any symptoms you observe:

Here is a list of items to observe when describing car problems:

When does the problem occur:

  -is the day temperature cold or hot, only rainy days
-is the vehicle engine cold or warmed up
-time of day, first start of the day
-at certain speeds,
-at idle in park, at idle in gear at a stop
-when turning or braking or going over bumps
-only while accelerating
-constantly occurs or intermittently
-No start – was it parked or did it cut off driving?

What type of noises do you hear:

-high pitch, low pitch
-squeal, scrapping, screech, grinding
-clank, thump, thud
-knocking, pinging
-rattle, clicking, chirping, whistling
-rotating noise
-Where is noise coming from:
-from a specific wheel
-front, rear, under car, inside car
-from engine

** Always describe location from the point of view from sitting in the drivers seat. Therefore the driver’s side is the left and the passenger’s side is the right side.

What type of physical actions are occurring:

-vibration, shimmy, shake, bounces, wobble
-drifts, pulls, loose steering, steering off center
-is the entire vehicle doing something or just the engine
-engine flutters, hesitates, coughs, lunges
-low or high idle, wants to stall, engine races
-runs rough always, at idle. when accelerating, going up hill
-changes as speed changes
-no power, sluggish
-transmission will not go, slips, jumps into gear
-hard to start, slow to start
-no start – was it parked or did it cut off driving?
-stalls & restarts after ?? minutes
-unusual smells: burning, oil, gas, coolant, hot, rotten eggs
-decrease in gas mileage
-bounces too much, rides rough

-Low or mushy brake pedal, pulls when braking
-steering is stiff or noisy
-feel it in the steering or coming up through the seat

Fluid observations:

-Fluid leaks – drips, puddles, spray
-color, clearness
-have you been adding any fluids?

Is your car’s dash/ information center telling you anything:

-is the check engine light on
* does it come on & off, is it steady on or is it flashing
-are any other warning lights coming on?
* A few examplesof warning lights are:
ABS – anti lock brakes
VSC – vehicle stability control
ESP – electronic stability control
Traction control
Coolant temperature
Oil light
Battery/alternator/ charging light
**note any digital messages from the information  center

Links:  See our warning lights description page. Click here!

See our printable pdf sheet for making notes about car problems


August 12th, 2014

Brown's Alignment Raleigh Teen driving school lessonsRaleigh Teen Driving School

Hi everyone — This is my second post about this Raleigh teen driving school.  The classes are returning to Raleigh in October.  My daughter has taken the class twice and I highly recommend it.  It is an excellent defensive driving class.Here is a link to my previous post which has a good description of the class.

Below is a copy of the most recent email they sent me.

Two Schools! Oct 18 & 19, 2014

Raleigh Police Driving Facility
8401 Battle Bridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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August 3rd, 2014

How To Buy a used Car

How to buy a used car. New car sales have been on the rise over the last three years. As a result the market is being flooded with used cars. This a a great time to find and buy a good used / preowned vehicle. There are four main steps to purchasing a used car.

1. Do your homework: Figure out how much you want to spend. Do searches on Craigslist and Carmax to see what is available in your price range. Think about what vehicles you like. Here at Brown’s we believe Honda / Acura are hands down How to buy a used car brown's alignment Brake and auto repair raleighmaking the most reliable cars. The next tier of best cars includes Toyota / Lexus, Subaru and Nissan. What features are important to you? How many seats or how much room do you need? Consider a vehicles gas mileage performance. Look at vehicle safety ratings. Now that you have determined what you are looking for you can do some searches on and to determine what a fair price for a specific vehicle is. You will see that car selling prices will vary depending on who the seller is. You should be able to get a better deal from a car owner then from a dealer. Finding an original owner selling a car who has all the maintenance records is usually the optimal way to buy a car. Generally most car dealerships, like Leith, are going to be more reliable then the generic used car lots that are popping up all over the place. You will pay a little more but they are less likely to try and sneak a problem by you.

2. Do your own car inspection: Narrow your search and pick a few cars to go look at. Before you go look at a car call the seller and ask pertinent questions. (see our questionnaire form below)  Test drive the vehicle. This is the car you may drive for the next few years, so if it does not feel comfortable or the controls on the dash seem awkward it probably is not the right car for you. Take a flash light with you. Look inside the car, under the dash and under the hood. Look for mud stains where there should not have been mud. This may be a sign the car was flooded. How to buy a used car Brown's alignment brake and auto repair raleighFlooded cars will usually have electrical problems. Try to look under the car and in the wheel well areas for excessive rust. Rust is bad news and should be a huge red flag that this is not the car for you. Ask the seller questions – Has the car been up north or at the coast for portions of it’s life. Look under the hood for possible fluid leaks. Sometimes you can see through the wheels enough to get an idea if the brakes are worn. Do not forget the tires – get on your knees and look at the whole tire and make sure they are not worn out. Watch for excessive wear on the seats, dash and steering wheel. Also take note on the amount of body dents and scratches. These can all be signs of a vehicle that has had a hard life. Used cars are not new so it is ok if they have a few minor needs if the price is right. If you spot too many red flags then it is time to move on and look at another car.

3. Carfax: So you have gotten through the first two steps and are feeling pretty good about a specific car. Now you should check the vehicle’s history report. There are two companies you can pick from. AutoCheck, which is owned by Experian, and CarFax, who was the first to provide detailed car history reports to consumers by fax in the mid 1980s. Although many used car lots prefer AutoCheck which  is a little cheaper, CarFax reports do offer some advantages. CarFax has proven to be more successful on verifying mileage and reporting how many owners the car has had. It is very important to remember that neither vehicle history reports can provide a guaranteed complete history of a vehicle. Both providers can only provide information that has been recorded or reported. If a car was wrecked and there was no police report and no record of repairs then the accident will not show up on any report. Regardless of what the report says, it’s important to be sure the vehicle has been thoroughly inspected before you buy it.

4. Have the Vehicle professionally inspected: Ok – you had to know this would tie back into Brown’s Alignment somehow – right? So, everything checks out and you are ready to buy THIS car. You should take it to a competent repair shop and have it gone over. Here at Brown’s Alignment we charge $85.00. This pre-purchase inspection How to buy a preowned car brown's alignment brake and auto repair raleighincludes a short test drive and a thorough visual inspection. We check brakes, belts, hoses, tires and fluids. We test and verify the heater and air conditioning work properly. The car is lifted in the air so we can check the suspension and look for any oil or coolant leaks. We also look for frame or body damage – any signs that the vehicle has been wrecked. When we are done, if we found major red flags we may recommend not buying the car. Otherwise, we will write a list of potential problems on your receipt that you can use to negotiate the price of the vehicle with.

Use our printable questionnaire sheet below to collect data on any vehicle you are interested in. Call the seller FIRST and ask questions and fill out the work sheet. You may find this is not the car you want and save yourself a trip somewhere.

Print our How to Buy a Used Car questionnaire Stat Sheet! Click Here!   Used Car Stat Sheet1   USED CAR STAT SHEET PIC

June 28th, 2014

Dogs HATE Hot Cars: Summer Heat and your pets

Let’s not beat around the bush. Dogs hate hot cars! NEVER leave your dogs or pets in a hot car or truck. Temperatures inside a vehicle can get dangerously hot in a short period of time. On a hot day temperatures can reach 120 degrees. Once the temperatures rise too high a dog or pet trapped in a hot car can suffer brain damage or even die from heatstroke or suffocation in a matter of minutes.
Leaving a car running with the AC on is risky also. If the AC stops working or the car shuts off your pet could be in danger in minutes. Leaving your car running is just inviting someone to steal it.
From the Humane Society web site:dogs hate hot cars Brown's Alignment Brake and Auto Repair Raleigh
The Greenhouse Effect
It doesn’t have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Here are some facts:
**  When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.
**   When it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10      minutes.
**Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

Heat stress is not the only danger your pet faces when left alone in a car. Many pets are stolen each year
from unattended cars. Many pets prefer to stay home, but if you must take your pet with you in your car, do so safely: Cats should ride in pet carriers, and dogs should ride in travel crates or wear a safety harness. When a pet travels, he should wear two ID tags—one with a home address and one with a destination address.

How to help a pet left in a hot car

  • Take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number.
  • If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner.
  • If the owner can’t be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.

HEATSTROKE : What to look for and What to do

Watch for signs of heatstroke

Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

How to treat a pet suffering from heatstroke

Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take her directly to a veterinarian.

dogs in hot cars Brown's Alignment Brake and Auto Repair Raleigh   The information in this article came from the Humane Society webpages:

What to do if you see a pet in a parked car Humane Society website:






June 11th, 2014

Automotive Air Conditioning Repair basics:

Your vehicle’s air conditioning system components include an air compressor, evaporator, condenser, orifice tube or expansion valve and a receiver dryer or accumulator. Of course there are A/C lines connecting the various components. You’re A/C system contains a liquid refrigerant and a small amount of oil lubricant. Your air conditioning compressor converts this liquid into a gas. There are different types of refrigerant. Your house uses a different refrigerant then your car. Automotive refrigerant has evolved over the years to be more environmentally friendly. Your vehicle’s A/C system is a closed system and refrigerant is not burned or used up. So, if your air conditioning system does not develop a leak then the refrigerant would last indefinitely. Cool air coming out of the vents for most cars should be between 40 and 60 degrees. Each car requires a specific amount of refrigerant. If the A/C system has too little or too much refrigerant it will not cool properly. The proper way to check a system is to evacuate the system and the recharge it with the proper amount of refrigerant. Here at Brown’s Alignment we are experts in automotive air conditioning repair. When we evacuate and recharge an air conditioning system we also add a dye to help locate the source of a leak.  The dye is a neon yellow dye that is often hard to see. Our technicians use special glasses and a black light to help located the leak. Once the leak is found then we can give you an estimate for repairing the leak.

For more detailed information please visit / click our AIR CONDITIONING page.

If you are interested in the environmental effects of refrigerant on the environment click here for a link to the EPA – Environmental Protection Agency’s page regarding “Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning”.

February 21st, 2014

Browns alignment Brake and auto repair Raleigh, NC, Street survival logoTeen Driving School

Hi Everyone,

This is Bryan with Brown’s Alignment Brake and Auto Repair in Raleigh. My daughter took this class last fall and it just blew me away.  It is a one day defensive safe driving course. My daughter was a visible better and more confident driver when we left there that day.  I never dreamed anyone’s driving skills could improve that much in just one day.

The teen driving school course is held at the Raleigh Police Driving Facility. The kids spend part of the day in classroom instruction but the rest of the day is spent outside driving on the teen driving school course.

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The course includes:

1. Maneuvering the car through orange street cones. Kind of a slalom course to teach handling the car a different speeds. In the  class room the theories of weight management, weight transfer and car control are taught.

2.   Braking exercise where braking is practiced with respect to stopping distance. What it takes to stop a vehicle with out hitting the car in front of you. Tailgating exercise.

3.  Figure eight driving course which also works on handling the car but also teaches how to avoid unexpected objects in the road.

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SUV are no longer allowed

4.  The last driving drill is learning how to drive on a slick surface and skid control. The Raleigh Fire department was on the course all day spraying on area with soap suds to create slippery surface.

The kids go around the course over and over again. At the end they get to drive the parents through the course.

The only draw back I found is that when the class was over there was noticeable tire wear on our car’s front tires. The experience was definitely worth the wear.

Here is some information from the teen driving school website.

The Tire Rack Street Survival school is a safe teen program designed to go beyond today’s required driver’s education and give teens across the U.S. the driving tools and hands-on experience to become safer, smarter drivers. Trained and qualified in-car driving instructors as well as classroom experience for each student.

It’s more than driving – it’s about living!

The primary emphasis of Tire Rack Street Survival is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them.

The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seat-belts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seat-belts, too!

The next Raleigh teen driving school:

UPDATED: Saturday or Sunday October 18th or 19th , 8:00AM-4:00PMteen driving school browns alignment brake and car repair raleigh

Raleigh Police Driving Facility

 8401 Battle Bridge Road Raleigh NC 27610

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seat belts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seat belts, too.

All Schools $75.Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Bill Wade, National Program Manager, @ 502-649-4871 (8 am – 8 pm EST)


February 13th, 2014

Raleigh Winter Storm Tip!  

Broken windshield wipers occur during every Raleigh snow storms. Every snow fall browns alignment brake auto repair raleigh snow broken windshield wipers
people leave their wipers in the on or delay position when they shut the car off. The snow and ice builds up and freezes  and holds the wipers in place. So the next time you start your car the wipers are trying to move and can not. Especially if you are warming up the car and have not cleaned the windshield. So, while the car is sitting there warming up the wiper motor is constantly trying to move. The result is broken windshield wipers. The wiper motor is in a bind and burns itself out and it is also possible to damage the wiper arms themselves. Broken windshield wipers are a common repair every year after a snow fall or ice storm here at Brown’s Alignment and Brake Auto Repair in Raleigh.

Solution to Avoid Snow Broken Windshield Wipers

Try putting your wiper straight up in the air when your car is parked at home during a storm. See the picture above.
This will help you remember to make sure the wipers are off and to clean the windshield before you start the car. Also the wipers will not be frozen to the windshield and will be out of your way when cleaning the windshield. You may not want to do this when parked on a city street or parking lot. The exposed wipers may be too tempting to a passerbyers to not damage them.

Read about North Carolina Department of Transportation winter safety tips page and about how the DOT prepares for Raleigh winter weather. Click  here NC DOT.  This page also contains information about that the roads are treated with and how the DOT determines which roads are treated.

February 4th, 2014

Hit the Curb? 

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Oh-No! Not the curb again. Better call Brown’s.

Ok – So you bumped or hit  the curb, slid & blasted through a snow bank or skidded across the median. Now is the time to have your tires, wheels and alignment checked.  Do not wait until the bad tire wear shows up on your tires because you hit the curb.  By  the time you see the tire wear you can not reverse the wear damage.     

     An alignment that has been knocked out can make your vehicle pull but very often the car will show no signs that you will feel or see until the bad tire wear shows up a few months after you hit the curb. The only way to be sure how the alignment is fine is to have it checked with our state of the art computer alignment equipment.      

    After you hit the curb a damaged rim or tire will often cause a vibration while driving. A low speed vibration (20-30mph) is a sign of a more severely damaged tire (broken steel belts or bubbles in the sidewall) or a bent rim.  Badly bent suspension parts can also affect steering making the car’s steering erratic.  A high speed vibration (55 mph & up) is an indication of a less severe problem. Possibly a slightly damaged tire, mildly damaged rim or wheel weights that have been knocked off. Having your tires balanced will usually allow us to diagnose your vibration problems.  Checking the alignment will usually turn up any bent suspension parts.

Check out our alignment page for more information. Also, feel free to  “request an estimate” for your vehicle’s alignment. You do not have to  “hit the curb” to need an alignment.  Pot holes & speed bumps can also knock out your alignment. Over a long period of time your vehicle’s suspension wears and begins to sag causing your alignment to be off.

If you have found a pothole or other road hazards you can report them to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Click NC DOT to go to their contact page and report a road hazard.