Tire Alignments

/Tire Alignments
Tire Alignments 2018-03-30T22:15:47+00:00

What is tire alignment?

When you get a tire alignment, an adjustment is made to your vehicle’s suspension, which is the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels.  The angle of the tires is adjusted, which affects how they make contact with the road.  If your tires are not aligned properly, your vehicle could pull in one direction, or vibrate on the road, both of which can be dangerous, especially at high speeds.  Proper tire alignment can keep your vehicle performing better, keep your tires lasting longer, and improve handling.

How can I tell if I need a tire alignment?

There are a couple of ways to determine whether or not your vehicle needs a tire alignment.  Uneven tread wear is the easiest indicator to spot.  Other indicators are steering wheel vibration, vehicle pulling toward one side, and an off-center steering wheel when driving straight.

Call us to align your tires.

How does tire alignment work?

When your tires are being aligned, the technician is mainly concerned with three angles: camber, toe, and caster.  Camber angle is the angle between the vertical axis of the wheels and the vertical axis of the vehicle when viewed from the front or rear.  Toe angle is the extent to which your tires turn inward or outward when viewed from above.  Caster angle is the angle of your steering axis when viewed from the side of your vehicle.  Each of these three angles are measured and adjusted when your tires are professionally aligned.

We’ll get your car back into factory specifications.

What about tire balancing?

Tire alignment and tire balancing are distinct from one another.  Tire or wheel balancing refers to the compensation for any weight imbalances in the tire/wheel combination and is often done at the same time your tires are aligned.  Tire balancing is essential to the life of your tires because it helps to prevent premature tread wear.