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Most people don't think about their alignment until they feel a pull, but just because you're car is not pulling does not mean your car is not out of alignment. In many cases, a camber issue will cause a pull but a toe issue may not. The alignment of your vehicle is the placement of the wheels in correlation to the body and axles. This placement can be misaligned by simply hitting a pothole, bumping a curb or getting an accident.
Neglecting the alignment of your vehicle can lead to possible future issues. If you don't maintain the alignment, you can expect the life of your tires to wear quicker, unsafe vehicle handling, and a loss in gas mileage. Regular maintenance of your vehicle's alignment will make for a safer driving condition. Come on into Brake Check where we can check your alignment for free and complete a full inspection of your front-end.
The great thing about getting all your automotive services done at Brake Check is that you can save time and money with our lifetime warranties. With the Lifetime Alignment service, you pay for the alignment once and then you can have your vehicle checked and aligned each time you come in. We recommend an alignment check at every oil change to help save the life of your tires.
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At Brake Check, we use Hunter alignment equipment at all our shops. Our new QuickCheck machines, available at some stores, make it quick and easy to check your alignment and give you a report on all four wheels. Check out this video to see how it works.Click here to see video
The inclusive term "wheel alignment" involves three main measurements — caster, camber, and toe. These measurements have standards that a technician uses as targets of adjustment.
When tires are misaligned, they wear out unevenly relative to each other and within each tire's own tread. The tires will also likely show a rough and slightly torn appearance. When tires wear unevenly, their life span is shortened. Since the tires won't wear as long, you'll have to replace them more often, which can get expensive. More importantly, bad tread on your tires means poor traction when you drive. Having bad tire traction affects your car's ability to stop under all circumstances and it can increase the danger of bad driving conditions if there's mud or snow on the ground.
Also, tires with uneven wear won't handle as well as other tires.Reference Link for Further Reading...
Yes. Here are some other common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:
Yes, shaking could occur from camber being offset. Keep in mind that a shaking steering wheel could also indicate there are also issues with rotors and tires.Reference Link for Further Reading...
Replace wearable parts. As a car ages, the suspension's springs will wear out and cause the vehicle to sag. These worn springs can throw off the vehicle's alignment. Other worn suspension parts, such as the various sockets or joints found on the underside of the vehicle, can affect a vehicle's alignment. These worn parts change the way the suspension affects the tire's positions as the vehicle travels down the road.Reference Link for Further Reading...