What is a vehicle alignment?
An alignment on a vehicle refers to the adjustment of the suspension system that connects a vehicle's wheels to its frame or body. The purpose of an alignment is to ensure that the wheels are properly aligned and oriented relative to each other and the vehicle's frame, which helps to ensure that the vehicle drives smoothly and safely.
What does an alignment include?
During an alignment, a mechanic will adjust the angles of the wheels relative to each other and the vehicle's frame. The three main angles that are adjusted are the camber, caster, and toe.
Camber refers to the angle of the wheels when viewed from the front or rear of the vehicle. If the wheels are tilted too far inward or outward, it can cause uneven tire wear and handling issues.
Caster refers to the angle of the steering pivot when viewed from the side of the vehicle. Proper caster helps to ensure stability and steering control.
Toe refers to the angle of the wheels when viewed from above. If the wheels are pointing inward or outward, it can cause handling issues and uneven tire wear.
When should I schedule an alignment?
An alignment is typically recommended when new tires are installed, or if the vehicle is pulling to one side or experiencing other handling issues. An alignment can help to improve handling, prolong tire life, and ensure safe operation of the vehicle.
There are several signs that may indicate that your vehicle needs an alignment. Here are a few things to look out for:
Vehicle pulling to one side: If your vehicle pulls to one side while driving on a straight, level road, it may be a sign that your wheels are out of alignment.
Uneven tire wear: If your tires are wearing unevenly, it may be due to an alignment issue. Check your tires regularly for signs of uneven wear, such as bald spots or worn edges.
Steering wheel off-center: If your steering wheel is off-center when driving straight, it may be due to a misalignment.
Vibrations or shaking: If you feel vibrations or shaking in the steering wheel or through the vehicle when driving, it may be due to a misalignment.
Squealing tires: Misaligned wheels can cause your tires to squeal, especially when turning.
Recent suspension work: If you have recently had suspension work done on your vehicle, it may be necessary to have an alignment performed to ensure proper wheel alignment.
If you notice any of these signs, it's a good idea to have your vehicle's alignment checked by a professional mechanic. An alignment can help to improve handling, prolong tire life, and ensure safe operation of the vehicle.
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