What Everyone Should Know
About Wheel Alignment
Question: How important is wheel alignment?
Question: What are the "symptoms" of a car that's out of alignment?
Question: How often should I have my car aligned?
On this vehicle, the front wheels are not aligned to the rear thrust line. This can happen from normal wear and stresses, whether your vehicle has adjustable or non-adjustable rear suspension. To steer straight ahead, you would have to steer the front wheels slightly to the right. A common result would be that the vehicle would "dog track" and possibly "pull" to the side. Of course, the angles are exaggerated so you can see the condition easily. But it takes only a small misalignments to create problems.
For vehicles with non-adjustable rear suspensions:
Result: all four wheels are parallel and the steering wheel is centered.
For vehicles with adjustable rear suspensions:
Result: all four wheels are positioned straight ahead and parallel, and the steering wheel is centered.
Reduced Tire Wear
Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear. Over the years, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to tire life.
Better Gas Mileage
Gas mileage increases as rolling resistance decreases. Total alignment sets all four wheels parallel which, along with proper inflation, minimizes rolling resistance.
Does your car pull to one side, does the steering wheel vibrate, do you constantly have to move the steering wheel to keep your car traveling straight ahead? Many handling problems can be corrected by total alignment. With all the system components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.
A suspension system inspection is part of our alignment procedure. This allows us to spot worn parts before they cause costly problems.