When your tire alignment is off, your ability to drive safely is compromised. Sometimes unaligned wheels can be obvious – your car pulls to one side of the road or your steering wheel has a vibration in it from balancing issues. In some cases, it can be subtle and the driver won’t even notice. That’s why regular tire alignment checkups are a must-do. The better maintenance you keep, the longer your car will run healthily. If your car alignment feels off – or if it’s simply been a while, kindly visit your mechanic. When your wheels are aligned, your car handles better.
CAR ALIGNMENT SERVICES
WHEEL ALIGNMENT CHECK
Inspect vehicle suspension and steering systems, including tire air pressure and tire condition
Vehicle placed on an alignment rack, where laser sensors are mounted and measure the current alignment settings
Print initial tire alignment readings
WHEEL ALIGNMENT: STANDARD
Inspect suspension and steering systems, including air pressure and tire condition
Vehicle placed on alignment rack, where sensors are mounted and compensated
Print initial tire alignment readings.
Camber, caster and toe angles are adjusted according to manufacturer specifications
Print final tire alignment readings.
Test drive the vehicle
4-WHEEL ALIGNMENT SERVICES
4-wheel alignments improves the accuracy and precision of your vehicle’s camber, caster and toe angles. We recommends getting your alignment checked every 6 months or 6,000 miles. 4-wheel alignments should be checked at regular intervals.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A 4-WHEEL ALIGNMENT?
During a 4-wheel alignment, the automotive technicians will use state-of-the-art computerized technology to measure the camber, caster and toe. The technician will then adjust those angles (when applicable) to match vehicle manufacturer specifications, ensuring a smooth ride, even tire wear and efficient fuel economy. A front end alignment and rear end alignment will be completed during a 4-wheel alignment service.
Every 4-wheel alignment should includes inspection of your car’s front and rear steering and suspension components. During every wheel alignment, your Auto Care technician should also verify tire size and adjust tire air pressure.
WHY DO CAMBER, CASTER, AND TOE ANGLES NEED ADJUSTMENT?
Every wheel has camber, caster and toe angles – when they are correctly aligned, your car drives straight. When the camber, caster and toe angles are misaligned, wheel alignment problems can arise. Your vehicle can pull to the left or right or your tires can wear unevenly. At a basic level, the camber angle, caster angle and toe angle keeps your tires, steering and overall vehicle driving straight and even.
STEERING WHEEL SHAKES AND PULLS
Does your car pull to one side of the road? Are you tires wearing irregularly or prematurely? Has your steering wheel shifted position? All of these are symptoms of wheel alignment problems. Misaligned wheels and suspension will lead to faster tire wear, poor fuel economy and overall decreased vehicle performance.
Wheel alignment problems can be the result of:
Driving over a pothole
Running into a curb
Normal use over time
Wheel alignment problems can be solved with a wheel alignment service. It’s not easy driving around with a shifted steering wheel or a car that pulls to one side. If you wait to get a wheel alignment, your tires may need replacement sooner and your fuel economy can suffer. Avoid additional expense and time by dealing with a wheel alignment problem at the first sign of trouble.