What is Wheel Alignment?
It consists in adjusting the angles of the four wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The suspension and steering systems of your vehicle can then operate efficiently.
Why is proper Wheel Alignment important?
- To maximizes the tires’ life
- To ensure a safe and comfortable handling of the vehicle – no side pulling of the steering wheel.
What causes incorrect Wheel Alignment?
- Spring sag or suspension’s wear (ball joints, bushings, etc.) – usually on an older vehicle
- Pothole or curb impact
- Change in vehicle’s ride height (lowered or raised)
What are the consequences of incorrect Wheel Alignment?
- More rapid tire wear
- Difficult – and potentially unsafe – handling of the vehicle
When should you have your vehicle’s Wheel Alignment verified?
- Whenever new tires or suspension components are installed
- As soon as an unusual tire wear patterns appears
- After the vehicle has encountered a major road hazard or curb impact.
Wheel Alignment versus Wheel Balancing:
The two services have nothing to do with each other except for the fact that they both affect your vehicle’s ride and handling.
- A wheel that is out of balance will cause a vibration at highway speeds that can be felt in the steering wheel and/or the seat.
- Wheels that are out of alignment can cause excessive tire wear and steering or tracking problems.