If your vehicle’s alignment is correctly positioned you’ll not only get the best performance from it. You’ll also be ensured a smooth and safe ride. When alignment is not proportioned correctly, driving grows more expensive and dangerous.
The dangers of bad alignment:
- Poor alignment can cause your car to pull or drift away from a straight road and cause an accident that you cannot avoid by steering out of it. Bad car alignment can cause excessive tire wear, which can cause a blow-out and poor traction
The costs of bad alignment:
- Improper alignment decreases gas mileage
- Decreases tire life
- Adds stress to steering equipment, overall structural damage and other parts
With proper alignment your wheels are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. When out of alignment, you’ll notice steering problems or uneven wear patterns on your tires. If so, your vehicle may need immediate attention. Let our expert technicians take a look. We may recommend that the angles of your wheels need our computerized alignment services.
What causes poor alignment?
You might have poor alignment after a major or minor collision that results in physical damage to your vehicle’s frame. Driving over a pothole, or bumping into or over a curb can also cause poor alignment.
The benefits of proper alignment:
- Tires last longer
- Easier steering
- Improved gas mileage
- Smoother ride
- Safer driving experience
Caster: The angle of a steering pivot, as seen from the side of the vehicle and measured in degrees. Three to five degrees of positive caster is typical for most vehicles.
Camber: The angle of the wheel in relation to a vertical direction (as seen from the front or rear of the car).
Toe: “Toe-ins” occur when the front edges of a pair of wheels points toward each other. When the pair has the front edges point away from each other, the pair is referred to as “toe-outs.”