What is it?
Essentially, alignment refers to the way your car’s wheels are positioned. Ideally, your wheels should be parallel and facing forward.
How does it work?
When your wheels are properly aligned, you’ll get better gas mileage; your tires will last longer; steering will be easier; your ride will be smoother; and, most importantly, the drive will be safer.
How could it go wrong?
Everything from age to components wearing out to a bump in the road can cause your wheels to shift out of alignment. This could result in one of three different problems:
How do you recognize a problem?
Several ways: is your steering wheel straight when you are driving? Does your car pull to one side? Does your steering wheel vibrate? Do you notice uneven tire wear? Does your steering feel loose, or is it difficult to control? Use this guide to inspect your tires.
How does Wilderness Auto Service make it right?
As a general rule, you should have your alignment and related components checked every 10,000 miles or once a year. there are three different types of alignment jobs. Basically, a good-better-best approach:
Two-wheel geometric centerline alignment.
This adjusts the toe on your front wheels only. This will work only if your rear wheels are properly aligned. (Used mostly on trucks and older rear-wheel drive cars).
Four-wheel thrust line alignment.
This aligns the front wheels to the rear-wheel alignment.
Complete four-wheel thrust line alignment.
This is the optimal approach: aligning all wheels straight ahead and parallel.
Your Wilderness Auto Service technician will advise you as to which approach is right for your car.
The wheels are tilted, either inward or outward. This will create pulling and tire wear..
A backward or forward tilt at the top of the wheel’s spindle support arm. This will cause either
loose or difficult steering.
A change in the distance between the front and back of the front or rear tires. This will wear on the tires, too.