Wheel alignments are 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 setting will make your car safer and easier to drive. Steering pull, unsteady or loose steering, and hard steering can be caused by misalignment conditions. A properly aligned vehicle can save you money. Misalignment conditions can cause greatly accelerated tire wear, poor fuel economy, and excessive wear on other suspension parts.
Whenever you hit 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. Steering or handling problems such as loose steering, steering wheel off centre, steering changes direction after hitting bumps, 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 suspension parts and tire life, saving you money!
Wheel Alignment includes:
- Inspect suspension components for wear
- Adjust caster and camber if provided by manufacturer
- Adjust toe-in
- Centre steering wheel while adjusting toe-in
- Some vehicles may require adjustment kits to allow for proper adjustment of angles