Professional Wheel Alignment
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Wheel alignment, sometimes referred to as breaking or tracking, is part of standard automobile maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of wheels so that they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. The purpose of these adjustments is to reduce tire wear, and to ensure that vehicle travel is straight and true (without “pulling” to one side). Alignment angles can also be altered beyond the maker’s specifications to obtain a specific handling characteristic. Motorsport and off-road applications may call for angles to be adjusted well beyond “normal”, for a variety of reasons.
Wheel Alignment FAQ
Bad alignment can also cause vibration as wheels pull against each other. If your car is shaking while running down the road, check your alignment.Another sign of a vehicle that is out of alignment is that the steering wheel may be crooked while the car or truck is going straight ahead.
Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road.
Uneven air pressure is a very common reason for a vehicle to pull to one side. When the pressure in a tire is lower on one side, the height of the tire changes. This causes the wheel alignment to change. … A low rear tire can also change front wheel alignment and cause a pull.
Alignment Problems. If you drive on rough roads and have not had an alignment for a while this could be the cause of your steering wheel shake problem. A vehicle that is out of alignment will usually cause the tires to wear uneven and this can cause the shaking problem.
If your vehicle tracks as straight as an arrow, you’re wheels likely are properly aligned. Even so, it’s a good idea to have your alignment checked annually, such as when you have your tires rotated. You certainly should have it done when you buy new tires so they don’t immediately start to wear unevenly.
Getting new tires is not by itself a reason to get an alignment. However, a mechanic will advise you to get an alignment if your old tires are worn unevenly. You do not have to get an alignment immediately, but driving with poor alignment will cause premature tire wear.