When and Why Do I Need a Wheel Alignment?
September 7th, 2016
Updated September 25th, 2016
A wheel alignment is an importance maintenance routine that helps improve your vehicle’s handling and durability of your tires. There is a direct link between wheel alignment and ride quality. Driving on bumpy roads or even unfortunately hitting a pothole can cause your vehicle’s suspension to misalign. This can also cause the vehicle’s wheels to vibrate on high speeds and pull to one direction. Misalignment of the the vehicle’s wheels and tires can also accelerate tread wear leading to frequent tire replacement.
In a nutshell - proper wheel alignment has to do with the angle at which your car’s tire makes contact with the road. The angle at which the tires should be aligned varies from vehicle to vehicle, however, the suspension system plays an important role in setting the vehicle's tires straight.
If you find your vehicle pulling to the right or left, it’s probably time you took your vehicle to an auto repair shop near me, you, and most other Northern Virginia residents - with 8 locations to choose from Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto is the place to take your car in for a Wheel Alignment.
Indicators of wheel Alignment Problems
If you place your hands lightly on the steering wheel while driving and find your vehicle slowly serve to the right or left it’s time to bring your car in for an Alignment Check. Another telltale sign you may need an Alignment Check is if you feel any awkward vibrations on the steering wheel and especially while applying the brakes. Finally, if you notice your vehicle’s tires are wearing out faster than normal or what is stated from the manufacturer, e.g., Goodyear, Dunlop, or Kelly we recommend getting your alignment checked. It’s very common to find the vehicle’s tires worn out more on one side than the other due to misalignment. Hence, having misaligned tires can costly.
Having a Wheel Alignment performed makes sure all your vehicle’s wheels are aligned and consistent with one another. They need to be fully optimized to maintain maximum contact with the road surface. Here is some technical alignment knowledge which will help you better communicate when your trusted mechanic. The way your vehicle’s wheels are oriented on your car are broken down into three major components; camber, caster, and toe.
Think of this as the inward or outward angle of the tire when you look at your vehicle from the front. The wheel needs to maintain a certain angle for proper alignment and so that it can optimally grip the road. Worn out suspension parts and ball joints can also cause camber misalignment.
As the name suggests, the Toe is the the inward or outward alignment of the wheels when you look from above. For better understanding, you can think of it as standing up and looking at your feet while aligning your toes to the center of your body or outwards. Front wheels are normally angled inwards to give a sturdy feel to the steering.
Caster is the position of the wheel within the wheel. The angle can be viewed from the side of the vehicle. It can be crouched forward or towards the driver. Caster angle affects your car's steering, stability and cornering.
Knowing these three basic settings will certainly help you understand your car better.
*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.
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