Feel like your car isn't driving quite right? It may be time to get your car's wheel alignment checked.
What can cause poor alignment to happen on your vehicle?
Many factors impact your vehicle's alignment. You typically need wheel alignment service after a major or minor collision that results in physical damage to your vehicle.
Your vehicle needs immediate attention when you notice steering problems or uneven wear patterns on your tires.
Sometimes problems arise from daily use of rough roads and something as small as driving over a pothole, or grazing over a curb.
Getting your wheels aligned helps get your car driving straight and true again. When your vehicle alignment is not proportioned correctly, two issues may occur:
Driving your vehicle becomes more expensive
Driving your vehicle becomes more dangerous
Driving without a proper alignment costs you money! Not only does a flawed alignment decrease your gas mileage and your tire life, but it also adds stress to the vehicle's steering components and structure. Ideally, your vehicle's wheels should run perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Adjusting these wheel angles will bring your vehicle back into proper alignment.
Driving without proper alignment is dangerous and puts you at risk! An out-of-alignment car pulls and can drift away from straight roads causing an accident. Excessive tire wear is another result of bad car alignment and can lead to tire blow-outs and poor traction, which in result can also causes accidents. Bring in your vehicle and our ASE certified alignment experts will make sure your vehicle drives smooth and safely.
Look for the following symptoms to determine if you require our alignment services. Your alignment will be brought up to spec when the following adjustments are performed to your vehicle with our computerized laser alignment.
A faulty caster angle causes loose or difficult steering.
Caster describes the steering pivot angle, as seen from the vehicle's side and measured in degrees. Caster alignment plays a large role in evaluating the "feel" of steering and the stability. Three to five degrees of positive caster is typical for most vehicles and lower angles for heavier vehicles.
A faulty camber angle will create pulling and tire wear.
Camber is the angle of the wheel in relation to a vertical direction (seen from the front or rear of the car). A negative camber measurement occurs when a wheel leans toward the vehicle's framework; a positive measurement points the wheel away from the car. An ideal camber angle assures optimal tire efficiency, proper steering control, and helps prevent rolling.
A faulty toe angle will wear down your tires.
Like camber and caster, toe is measured by degrees. When your front or rear wheels have front edges pointed toward each other, the pair is called "toe-ins." If the front edges point away from each other, the pair is called "toe-outs."
With properly aligned wheels, you'll get:
Tires that last longer
Improved gas mileage
Safer, more secure driving