Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment refers to the position of the wheels relative to your car. When properly aligned, the wheels point in the right direction (parallel with each other, and perpendicular to the ground), making the vehicle to drive straight, while also maintaining the steering wheel straight. Without proper alignment, the wheels resist your steering commands. Alignment also affects gas mileage due to the resistance the tires make when rolling, and tire wear due to the tires being dragged causing to wear unevenly on one side of the tire

Computerized alignment equipment is used to measure all alignment angles on today's cars; these include both adjustable and non-adjustable angles. Adjustable angles can be modified, and thus corrected by performing a four-wheel alignment on the vehicle., while non-adjustable angles require repair or replacement of suspension and chassis components. When perfoming a four-wheel computerized alignment, we adjust the most common angles which are:

  

Toe

This refers to the tilted direction of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from the top. Toe is the most critical tire wearing angle. Tires that "toe-in" point toward one another. Tires that "toe-out" point away from each other.

 

Camber

This refers to the tilt of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from the front. Wheels that tilt in toward the vehicle have "negative camber." Wheels that tilt away from the vehicle have "positive camber."

 

Caster

This refers to the angle of the steering axis in relation to an imaginary vertical line through the center of the wheel when viewed from the side. "Positive caster" is the term used when the vertical line is tilted back toward the rear. If it's tilted forward, we call it "negative caster." The proper caster angle stabilizes your car for better steering.


Thrust Angle

This refers to the relationship of all four wheels to each other, as well as their relationship to an imaginary center line that runs from bumper to bumper. The term "thrust line" refers to the direction in which the rear wheels are pointed. Thrust angle is correctable on cars with adjustable rear suspensions. If your car has a non-adjustable suspension, thrust angle is compensated for by aligning the front wheels to the rear wheels.


 

If you have replaced any suspension and steering componets, or if your vehicule suffers from uneven tire wear, excessive pulling to one side, or your steering wheel is not straight, then bring your vehicle up to perform a computerized four-wheel alignment. While others do 1/3 of the computerized alignment at a low price and charge the rest of alignment process at a additional price, our computerized alignment is performed on the four wheels, while also correcting all that need adjustment (if available) all to the same price, in a professional and clean manner. 

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