Tire alignment can help your tires perform properly and lets them last longer. It is also crucial in vehicle handling and lack of proper tire alignment may result in greater gas usage, vibrations while driving and lowered responsiveness of the car.
WHAT IS TIRE ALIGNMENT?Although it is called “tire alignment” it requires us to start with suspension – the part that connects your car to your wheels. Then, to finish the alignment, we will adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TIRE ALIGNMENT?
First and foremost – if your vehicle pulls left or right during driving in, what should be, a straight line you should visit us to have your tires aligned.
Other signs that you might need tire alignment are:
Your wheel is off center while driving straight
Your wheel is vibrating while driving, even on parts of highway/freshly fixed roads
Wear on your tires is uneven (look at the picture below)
THIS IS WHAT WE DO - CAMBER, TOE, & CASTER
When we check your vehicle we are mostly concerned with 3 things:
This is the inward or outward angle of the tire when viewed from the front of the vehicle. Too much inward or outward tilt, also known as negative and positive camber, respectively, indicates improper alignment and will need to be adjusted. Worn bearings, ball joints, and other wheel-suspension parts may contribute to camber misalignment – don’t worry, we will let you know what needs to be done to fix it in your car
Distinct from camber alignment, toe alignment is the extent to which your tires turn inward or outward when viewed from above. If that’s confusing, just stand up and look down at your feet. Angle them inward toward the center of your body. When the tires on your car are angled the same way (remember, we’re thinking in terms of birds-eye-view), we call this toe-in alignment. Angle your feet outward and you have toe-out alignment. Both require adjustment.
Your caster angle helps balance steering, stability, and cornering. Specifically, it’s the angle of your steering axis when viewed from the side of your vehicle. If you have positive caster, the steering axis will tilt toward the driver. Negative caster, on the other hand, means the steering axis tilts toward the front of your vehicle.
WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT TIRE ALIGNMENT?
There are many reasons why tire alignment is extremely important. Uneven tire wear can lead to your car losing grip in almost perfect conditions. Suspension problems can cause your steering to become unbearable and may cause you to cross the lane lines on a highway, lowers your car’s responsiveness during parking and more. If you are experiencing ant of the problems mentioned earlier, please call us or schedule an appointment. Safety is extremely important and we will make sure your car is safe to drive!