Tire alignment helps your tires perform properly and last longer.
Do You Need An Alignment?
Have your alignment checked by our service technician if you notice any of these indicators:
- Uneven tread wear
- Vehicle pulling to the left or right
- Your steering wheel is off-center when driving straight
- Steering wheel vibration
When our technician checks your tire alignment, they focus on CAMBER, TOE and CASTER
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, indicates improper alignment and will need to be adjusted. Worn bearings, ball joints, and other wheel-suspension parts may contribute to camber misalignment.
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, 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, means the steering axis tilts toward the front of your vehicle.
Experiencing any of these issues?
You should have a technician check your alignment.
While tire wear prevention is a good reason to keep your alignment in check, the consequences of misalignment can also play out in overall vehicle performance. A car that pulls to one side and steers erratically, for example, probably has an alignment problem.