Everything You Need To Know About Alignments
What is an alignment?
Maintaining a proper alignment is an important part of ensuring that your vehicle is performing at it’s peak levels. It also helps make sure that your tires wear evenly and that your suspension doesn’t undergo unnecessary burdens. Call us at 330.965.7144 or click here to schedule your service now.
What is an alignment?
An alignment is an adjustment to a vehicle’s suspension. A suspension is the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. During an alignment check, the wheels and tires are adjusted into specific angles. This creates optimal vehicle performance, tire wear, and handling. It is recommended that you adjust all four wheels whenever possible. A four-wheel alignment adjusts both front and back wheels. If the vehicle does not have rear adjustability, then you can have the vehicle’s front two wheels adjusted.
What is the alignment process?
During this process, the mechanic places the vehicle on the rack. Then, the mechanic rotates and adjusts the wheels so they are properly aligned with the vehicle again. The alignment will also fit driving preferences and manufacturer recommendations. The wheels can also have a camber, caster, and toe adjustment.
Why is this important?
The angle that the tires are adjusted to is important for how the tires make contact with the road. If a car is not aligned correctly, the steering wheel will start to shake and vibrate. This can make driving very unpleasant and unsafe. The steering wheel could also pull from one direction or the other, which can very be unsafe, especially in rain. Hitting potholes and curbs can cause misalignment. Signs of misalignment are subtle at first, but become more noticeable over a longer period of time. It is important to pay attention to this so it does not become a bigger problem down the road.
When should I check my vehicle’s alignment?
It is recommended that you check your vehicle’s alignment once or twice a year or after every 6,000 miles. Getting this checked takes approximately one hour. If the vehicle is showing noticeable signs of misalignment, you should get it checked as soon as possible.