Why You Should Perform A Wheel Alignment
Wheel alignment is the specific adjustments made to your vehicle’s suspension to optimize ride, handling and steering characteristics. Each manufacturer specifies precise settings to achieve the maximum performance from their vehicle.
Maintaining the factory specified suspension settings will make your car safer and easier to drive. Steering pull, unsteady or loose steering, and hard steering can be caused by alignment. A properly aligned vehicle can save you money! Misalignment can cause greatly accelerated tire wear, poor fuel economy, and excessive wear on other suspension parts.
Whenever you impact a curb or pot hole hard, the alignment should be checked before unusual tire wear is detected, (edge wear, diagonal wear, cupping wear) which may result in premature tire replacement! If you experience steering or handling problems, such as loose steering, steering wheel off-center, or steering changes direction after hitting bumps, you should have the alignment checked as a part of the diagnostic procedure.
The installation of new tires or the replacement of worn suspension parts should always be accompanied by a wheel alignment to help protect your tire investment. Checking the wheel alignment as a part of routine annual maintenance can significantly increase the life of your suspension parts and tires, saving you money!
Wheel Alignment Includes
- Inspect suspension components for wear
- Adjust caster and camber, if provided by vehicle manufacturer.
- Adjust toe-in.
- Center steering wheel while adjusting toe-in.
Thrust Alignment Includes
Same as wheel alignment above plus compensate for rear wheel tracking.
For Wheel Alignment Includes
Same as wheel alignment above plus set rear wheel camber and toe-in, as provided by vehicle manufacturer.